“Libel Law: who’s shooting for reform?” – Guardian Round Table

15 02 2010

The Media Guardian has published a report of a round table to discuss libel law reform.  Unusually, the panel – put together by Afua Hirsch – was evenly balanced between claimant and defendant lawyers.   On the claimant side there were three members of “Lawyers for Media Standards” – Dominic Crossley, Sarah Webb and Jonathan Coad.  The defendant’s arguments were advanced by Gill Phillips, John Kampfner and Gavin Millar QC. Read the rest of this entry »





“Gagging the Media?”- Gray’s Inn Forum, Poor Reporting

15 02 2010

On Thursday 4 February 2010 Gray’s Inn organised a forum under the title “Gagging the Press: Is the Public Bound to Suffer?” The speakers were Sir Ken Macdonald, Director of Public Prosecutions 2003-2008; Juliet Herd, international editor, Hello! magazine; Eric Barendt, Goodman professor of media law at University College, London; Bénédicte Paviot, UK correspondent of France 24; Max Mosley, former director of the FIA; Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media; and Bob Satchwell, director of the Society of Editors. Read the rest of this entry »