HER MAJESTY'S attorney general for England and Wales has fired a warning shot at Twitter users who share images and data that are not meant to be shared.
"The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, QC, has today decided to institute contempt proceedings against a number of individuals who have been identified as having posted online photographs purporting to be of Jon Venables or Robert Thompson - the relevant court papers will be served shortly," said a statement from the attorney general's office.
Pictures tipped up on the web over the weekend of men purported to be the killers of James Bulger and the attorney general's office said, "A number of people will be proceeded against for breaking a court order over the identities of the former offenders."
There are strict court orders against disclosing the identities of those involved, and the attorney general's office said that they should be applied to all players, whether they are members of the media or an individual.
"The injunction applies to both media organisations and individuals. Anyone who has posted material online which is in breach of the terms of the order should remove this material immediately," added the statement. "Breaches of the order may be a contempt of court punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment."
Nick Armstrong, a partner at law firm Charles Russell LLP, said that the attorney general had hinted at a tougher stance last year, and that this was the result.
He said, "The Venables/Thompson issue is an example of this tougher approach over tweets which allegedly breach a rigorous Court injunction." µ
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