Law and Media Round Up – 11 December 2017

11 12 2017

On Sunday it was announced that the notorious publicist Max Clifford died in hospital after collapsing in his cell.  He had been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in May 2014 after being convicted of eight offences of indecent assault. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: MAC TV v Slovakia, Defamation of the dead, searching for clarity – Jonathan McCully

10 12 2017

On 28 November 2017, in MAC TV v. Slovakia, the European Court of Human Rights (European Court) found a violation of the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the Convention where the Broadcasting Council of Slovakia had fined a television programme for showing a lack of respect to the dignity of the President of Poland following his death in a tragic plane accident. Read the rest of this entry »





How identity data is turning toxic for big companies – Bhargav Mitra and Robert McCausland

9 12 2017

File 20171201 10155 re4sju.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Google might be in trouble for collecting the personal data of its users, but many companies have a growing incentive to rid their hands of the data that users entrust them with. This is because of growing costs of holding onto it. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Standard Verlagsgesellschaft mbH v Austria, Narrow approach to “value judgments” leads to rejection of Article 10 application – Emma Foubister

8 12 2017

In Standard Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (No.2) v Austria [2017] ECHR 1040,  the Fifth Section of the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) held that ordering a newspaper to pay compensation to a politician falsely accused of being the spiritus rector (guiding spirit) of a spying operation did not violate Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“the Convention”). Read the rest of this entry »





Google’s End Run on the Canadian Supreme Court’s De-Indexing Order: Strengthening Arguments for Site Blocking – Hugh Stephens

7 12 2017

Google has successfully convinced a judge in the tech industry-friendly US District Court of Northern California (covering Silicon Valley naturally) to issue a temporary injunction nullifying the enforceability in the United States of an order from a Canadian provincial court in British Columbia (BC), upheld on appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), to delist from its global search results all references to Datalink Technologies Gateways and its counterfeit product, an internet router called the GW1000. Read the rest of this entry »





Boris Johnson says ‘Stop Funding Hate’ is working – Brian Cathcart

6 12 2017

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has published an article in the Sun claiming that Stop Funding Hate is a threat to free speech. Here is what he wrote, with comments in italics.  Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Communications List: a new approach to media litigation – Paul Magrath

6 12 2017

Earlier this year Mr Justice Warby was appointed to the newly created role of Judge in Charge of the Media and Communications List. We look at what this means in practice and how it will affect the future management of High Court media claims. Read the rest of this entry »