ARTICLE 19 is saddened to learn of the passing of Heather Rogers KC, an outstanding advocate for media and information law, a committed champion for media freedom, and, as a former trustee for ARTICLE 19, an indispensable advisor and friend to the organisation and its supporters.
At this sad time, we extend our deepest condolences to Heather’s family and friends, and remain grateful for her long-standing guidance.
In her distinguished career, Heathers, who has been described by legal colleagues as ‘ferociously intelligent but down to earth and practical’, worked on several high-profile defamation and privacy cases, including the ‘Spycatcher’ breach of confidence case, David Irving v Penguin Books, Elton John v MGN, Hamilton v Al Fayed, Flood v Times Newspapers and privacy / data protection appeals.
In addition to supporting and advising ARTICLE 19 in our work on freedom of expression, the right to information, and privacy between 2004 and 2012, she was also a director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, and worked with the Media Legal Defence Initiative.
She was also co-author of Duncan and Neill on Defamation and other media and communications claims (5th edition, 2020).
Heather Rogers will be remembered for her pioneering, committed work supporting media freedom, and for her outstanding legal brain and expertise. ARTICLE 19 pays tribute to her life and work.