Take care with that social media duty of care – Graham Smith

23 10 2018

Should social media platforms be subject to a statutory duty of care, akin to occupiers’ liability or health and safety, with the aim of protecting against online harms? In a series of blogposts and evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee William Perrin and Professor Lorna Woods suggest that the answer should be yes. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 22 October 2018

22 10 2018

It was reported this week that former Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Sir Nick Clegg is to take over as the head of Facebook’s global affairs and communications team. Read the rest of this entry »





South African journalism’s problems are bigger than ethics: they’re about ethos – Anthea Garman

21 10 2018

File 20181019 105751 apog7i.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1When the editor of the Sunday Times in South Africa, Bongani Siqoko, published an apology in the newspaper earlier this month he surely set a new precedent in the country’s journalism. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Bolton v Stoltenberg, Facebook libel award of $100,000, An excess of unreasonableness – Stephen Murray

20 10 2018

Facebook attack on Mayor of Narrabri … $100,000 damages … Whether posts had been published … Extent of readership … Defences of common law and statutory qualified privilege rejected … No malice, just “stupidity, bias and carelessness” … Injunction … “Liking” is not the same as publishing a post … Stephen Murray reports. Read the rest of this entry »





Proposed police super-database breaks the law and has no legal basis, but the Home Office doesn’t care – Matthew White

19 10 2018

The announcement from human rights organisation Liberty that it would boycott the UK Home Office’s consultation on the Law Enforcement Data Service, a new super-database for the police, is an indication of how far from acceptable the project is. Read the rest of this entry »





Scottish defamation reform stuck in the thistles – Nick Bonyhady

18 10 2018

Lukewarm response to Scottish Law Reform Commission’s report on defamation reform … Little movement … Not enough libelling going on … Defamation case against former leader splits the Scottish Labour Party … Homophobia collides with independence for Scotland … Nick Bonyhady reports. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Law Podcast Launched – Tom Bennett and Paul Wragg

17 10 2018

The Media Law Podcast published its debut episode last week. It is the first in a new series that will see founding presenters Tom Bennett (City University) and Paul Wragg (Leeds University) being joined by guest speakers to discuss news and current “hot topics” in UK Media Law. The podcast will publish episodes several times a year, with the long-term aim of producing monthly outputs. Is a resource that will be useful for students, academics and practitioners in the fields of law, journalism and media/communications. Read the rest of this entry »