Junior reporter wins court battle

Hussein: successful challenge

A junior reporter at the Ipswich Evening Star challenged the courts and won – just four months into her new job at the paper.

Meyrem Hussein persuaded magistrates to allow the identity of a teenager convicted of breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order to be published.

Hussein, who left university in June, made the challenge in respect of the case of 15-year-old Tiran Gull, who was appearing at youth court after breaching an ASBO order made in 2002. The paper had already successfully challenged a Section 39 order preventing it from identifying Gull when the original ASBO was made in October 2002.

But because Gull was appearing in a youth court, Hussein found she had to argue again for the automatic youth court reporting restriction to be lifted.

She successfully argued to the magistrate that there was a public interest, that the boy’s name was already in the public domain, that he had been a persistent offender and had shown no contrition as he had pleaded not guilty.

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