It’s a bad idea for journalists to censor Trump: instead, they can help the public identify what’s true or false – David Cuillier

28 03 2020

In times of mortal strife, humans crave information more than ever, and it’s journalists’ responsibility to deliver it. But what if that information is inaccurate, or could even kill people? Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Studio Monitori v. Georgia: access to public documents must be ‘instrumental’ for the right to freedom of expression – Dirk Voorhoof and Ronan Ó Fathaigh

28 03 2020

In the case of Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in its judgment of 30 January 2020 confirmed that the right to freedom of expression and information as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) can only be invoked in order to obtain access to public documents when a set of conditions are fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »





Life in the time of CoronaVirus #1: Democracy, Data and Saving Lives – Valerie Eliot Smith

27 03 2020

Planet Earth is currently in the grip of a pandemic, the disease COVID-19, more commonly known as CoronaVirus. The ongoing emergency is creating – and will continue to create – events which are without precedent in modern times. Read the rest of this entry »





Coronavirus: South Korea’s success in controlling disease is due to its acceptance of surveillance – Jung Won Sonn

26 03 2020

South Korea has been widely praised for its management of the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. The focus has largely been on South Korea’s enormous virus testing programme. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt (MKKP) v. Hungary: Technology meets freedom of expression and the rule of law in an electoral context – Petra Gyöngyi

25 03 2020

On 20 January 2020, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rendered a final decision in the case of Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt (MKKP) v Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »





Covid-19, the UK’s Coronavirus Bill and emergency ‘remote’ court hearings: what does it mean for open justice? – Judith Townend

24 03 2020

There will be an increasing use of ‘remote hearings’ in the courts in England and Wales in coming weeks and months, under existing law, and if extended provisions in the emergency Coronavirus Bill are passed. But there are important practical questions to consider if we wish to safeguard open justice. Read the rest of this entry »





Monthly International Round Up – Suneet Sharma

24 03 2020

This is the fourth 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 »





COVID-19 and the Civil Courts: the latest position

23 03 2020

There have been a number of publications containing “Guidance” for users of the Civil Courts in England and Wales issued over the last few days. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 23 March 2020

23 03 2020

The news continues to be dominated by Coronavirus, with the Courts starting to become affected. On 17 March 2020 the Lord Chief Justice announced that no jury trials longer than three days must he be held in England and Wales. The Law Society Gazette had a piece. Read the rest of this entry »





When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media – Axel Bruns, Daniel Angus, Timothy Graham, Tobias R. Keller

22 03 2020

News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before.  Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok and Instagram have played critical roles in sharing news and information, but also in disseminating rumours and misinformation. Read the rest of this entry »