Dr Mahoney: Modern Law Review article

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Dr Joan Mahoney, Teaching Fellow and member of HEAL within Southampton Law School, has co-authored a paper on Civil Liberties and the Korean War in the prestigious Modern Law Review.

This article addresses the unsuccessful attempts to suppress free speech during the Korean War, and in particular explains the attempts to silence three reporters of alleged atrocities by United Nations forces. In the absence of carefully targeted legislation, the three individuals – Alan Winnington (a journalist), Monica Felton (a women’s movement activist) and Jack Gaster (a solicitor) ‐ were threatened with or investigated for prosecution for treason or sedition, and Winnington was unable to renew his passport until 1968. Drawing heavily on archival sources (including MI5 files, which unusually fail to redact the identity of one of the lawyers who was reporting to Special Branch about Gaster’s activities), the article explores the threat to civil liberties from the administrative as well as the legislative and the judicial power of the state. The article concludes by drawing contemporary parallels, and highlighting the continuing relevance of the writings of Winnington, Felton and Gaster.

Please hyperlink Dr Joan Mahoney [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/law/about/staff/jem1c15.page], HEAL [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/heal/index.page], Southampton Law School [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/law/index.page], and Modern Law Review [https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-2230.12339]

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