Opinion: “Privacy – the way ahead? Part 2 – Background to the New Law”

24 02 2010

PrivacyThis is the second part of three part post in which Hugh Tomlinson QC considers the future of the law of privacy.  In this Part he looks at the background to the new law of privacy Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Reform in Ireland

24 02 2010

The Irish Republic is a common law jurisdiction with libel laws very similar to those in in England and Wales.  Those laws have now been reformed by the Defamation Act 2009 which came into force on 1 January 2010.  The reform has a long history, beginning with a 1988 report commissioned by the National Newspapers of Ireland “Press Freedom and Libel” (by Professor Kevin Boyle and Law Lecturer Maria McGonagle).   The Government did not introduce a Defamation Bill until 2006. Read the rest of this entry »





Culture, Media and Sport Committee Report – privacy OK, defamation needs tweaking, PCC needs improving (again) and severe criticism of News Group over hacking allegations

24 02 2010

The House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport has published its long awaited report on “Press standards, privacy and libel”.   This is 167 pages – the pdf is here – but it is more straightforward to browse the HTML version hereRead the rest of this entry »