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Farcical law to suppress honesty in the media

Former jockey Dean McKeown was as bent as a three-bob note and was warned off British racecourses in 2008 for his role in pulling up 11 horses trained by Paul Blockley. He is guilty, that part is etched in stone. Yet ATR presenter Sean Boyce is facing defamation charges for calling a spade a spade, or in this case, a crook a crook.

McKeown's efforts on Rascal in the Mix in November 2008 when fulfilling a previously booked mount before his ban took effort were abysmal. It was a hook job and Boyce was not afraid to call it as it was. McKeown took a battering in the phone interview before eventually hanging up.

The High Court, and in particular, Justice Tugendhat, have shown how ridiculous the law is by allowing McKeown to sue one of a select few racing media men who have the balls to rid the world of ambiguous bullshit and cut to the facts of the matter.

Four years isn't enough for McKeown, people like this should never be allowed to return to the industry.
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