Monthly International Round Up – Suneet Sharma

27 02 2020

This is the third instalment in a regular new series from Inforrm highlighting press and case reports of new media and information cases from around the world.  It is intended to complement our United States: Monthly Round Up posts.  Please let us know if there are other cases and jurisdictions which we should be covering. Read the rest of this entry »






Australian law says the media can’t spin lies: ‘entertainment magazines’ aren’t an exception – Andrew Dodd

25 02 2020

In a recent ruling the Australian Press Council has given a signal to gossip magazines it is OK to make up and publish rubbish about people, so long as the stories aren’t “blatantly incorrect”. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 24 February 2020 [Updated]

24 02 2020

The Sun recorded a loss of £68m last year amid falling print sales and the enormous cost of phone-hacking claims against its parent company.  A total of £54m was spent on damages and legal costs. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC: the licence fee is a small price to pay for a service that unites the UK

23 02 2020

Anyone who owns a television set in the UK is obliged, by law, to pay a licence fee which has always enabled the BBC to exist as an independent entity. But a recent Sunday Times article (paywalled) has announced the UK government’s intention to abolish the BBC licence fee. Read the rest of this entry »





Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

23 02 2020

Columbia Global Freedom of Expression seeks to contribute to the development of an integrated and progressive jurisprudence and understanding on freedom of expression and information around the world.  It maintains an extensive database of international case law. This is its newsletter dealing with recent developments  in the field. Read the rest of this entry »





Online harms: the good, the bad and the unclear – David Barker

22 02 2020
When the government published its online harms white paper (OHWP) last spring we explained our view that the ideas in the white paper should represent the start of a journey towards greater regulation, rather than the final destination of that journey.

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Caroline Flack’s death is yet another reason to be angry at the way the media treats women – Beth Johnson

21 02 2020

In October 2019, a few days after World Mental Health Day, Caroline Flack, renowned television presenter and, until recently, host of ITV’s flagship show Love Island, took to Instagram to write about the pressure she felt under: Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Tsamis v State of Victoria, Inflation night-club owner wins $90,000 for police slur – Justin Castelan

21 02 2020

Martha Tsamis has worked in the nightclub industry for around 30 years and is the manager of the Inflation night-club in Melbourne. In October 2013, the police brought an application to restrict Inflation’s trading hours (LCRA proceeding). The evidence was that the police brought this in an attempt to reduce the incidence of drug overdoses, improve community safety and give people confidence that ‘licensed premises’ were not ‘drug dens’. The statement in the police application referred to 59 incidents that occurred at the venue. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Harms Deconstructed: the Initial Consultation Response – Graham Smith

20 02 2020

The abiding impression left by the government’s Initial Response to the Online Harms White Paper Consultation is that it is half-finished. Non-conclusions and conclusions sit side by side. Read the rest of this entry »