Rooney, Coulson, Hague: balancing privacy and expression

6 09 2010

In a post on today’s UK Human Rights Blog Adam Wagner looks at the recent press coverage of Wayne Rooney, William Hague and the News of the World phone hacking saga from the human rights perspective.   There are, of course, common themes running through all three stories – in particular those of press responsibility and public interest.  We have discussed these issues in previous posts in relation to William Hague and, most recently, Wayne Rooney.  The UK Human Rights Blog is right to consider the three stories together and to say that they all involve the question of the “balance” between two “qualified Convention rights” – the right to freedom of expression in Article 10 and the right to respect for private life in Article 8. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up, 6 September 2010

6 09 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.

News

The media story of the week was the revived News of the World phone hacking saga.  This was the result of a quality piece of investigative journalism in the New York Times, initially published in the paper and now in the Magazine under the title “Tabloid Hack Attack on Royals, and Beyond“. The original story was reported in the Press Gazette. Read the rest of this entry »