The government wants to stop criminals profiting from books--publishers may need to self-regulate

<p>In March 2004, then Home Secretary David Blunkett was publicly challenged by the mother of one of child killer Mary Bell's victims over payments reportedly made to Bell by her biographer Gitta Sereny. Presumably sensing a media reaction, Blunkett promised to stop criminals "profiting" from books about their crimes.</p><p>Blunkett's knee-jerk response echoed similar pledges by his predecessors, who ran aground when faced with the issue's legal and ethical complexities. How can you stop criminals publishing without infringing the fundamental right to freedom of speech? What about "freedom ...

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