Coroner Lifts Ban on Reporting Text Messages

20 10 2010

This post originally appeared on Media Lawyer, the indispensable subscription service from the Press Association covering all aspects of media law.  It is reproduced with permission and thanks.

A ban on the media reporting text messages sent between two of the July 7 suicide bombers which were displayed on screens in the inquest hearing and the media annex was lifted after representations by the Press Association and other media groups. Read the rest of this entry »

US Freedom of Expression and Media Round Up – 20 October 2010

20 10 2010

On 6 October 2010 the US Supreme Court heard oral argument in the high profile free speech case of Snyder v Phelps. The case concerns Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for protesting at military funerals with its “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” signs.  The claim, by the family of a soldier who died in Iraq, is for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy by intrusion upon seclusion and conspiracy.  It was successful at first instance but failed in the Court of Appeals.  It is now possible to listen to audio of the oral argument in the Court.  In addition, a transcript of the hearing is available.  The ScotUS Blog has its usual comprehensive coverage of this case which can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »