Law and Media Round Up 18 July 2010

18 07 2010

In this regular feature we draw attention to the last week’s law and media news and next week’s upcoming events. If readers have any news or events which they would like to draw attention to please add them by way of comments on this post.


Libel reform continues to dominate the media law news this week.  As reported by Media Lawyer, on 13 July 2010, the Ministry of Justice published a “Structural Reform Plan”, in which the fifth “Departmental Priority” is “Civil Liberties” – “Contribute to a full programme of measures to reverse the erosion of civil liberties and to roll back state intrusion”.   Point 5.7 is “Develop options for reform of libel laws to protect freedom of speech” – this is said to start in June 2010 and to end in March 2011 with a “Draft Defamation Bill for the reform of libel laws published for pre-legislative scrutiny” being published in that month. Read the rest of this entry »