Knuller (Publishing, Printing and Promotions) Ltd v DPP [1973] AC 435, [1972] 2 All ER 898

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[1972] 2 All ER 898

Knuller (Publishing, Printing and Promotions) Ltd and others v Director of Public Prosecutions

HOUSE OF LORDS

LORD REID, LORD MORRIS OF BORTH-Y-GEST, LORD DIPLOCK, LORD SIMON OF GLAISDALE AND LORD KILBRANDON

7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15 MARCH, 14 JUNE 1972

14 June 1972. The following opinions were delivered.

LORD REID.

My Lords, the appellants took part in publishing a magazine which contained a wide variety of material thought to be of interest to those holding ‘progressive’ views. Much of this material is unobjectionable. Some would be distasteful to many people, some is more objectionable. In this case we are only concerned with some columns of advertisements appearing on inner pages of the magazine. These columns are headed ‘Males’. In most cases these advertisements were inserted by homosexuals and their express purpose was to attract answers from persons who would indulge in homosexual practices with the advertisers. Sometimes persons answering the advertisements were to communicate directly with the advertisers. Sometimes they were to send their answers to the magazine and the answers were then forwarded to the advertisers. The appellants stated that they established this service to avoid the need for resorting to other methods of solicitation, and there is no reason to doubt that.

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