“Phone Hacking – Questions to Answer” – Brian Cathcart

17 12 2010

In a post yesterday on the Index on Censorship Blog, Brian Carthcart considers the latest developments in the “News of the World” phone hacking scandal, suggesting that this puts the police under the spotlight, suggesting that the police should be taken off the case and the investigation reopened.  This is based on the consideration of the case advanced by Sienna Miller in the latest civil claim against the “News of the World”. Read the rest of this entry »





EU Law, Freedom of Information and Data Protection – Part 2 – Aidan O’Neill QC

17 12 2010

This is the second part of a three part post.  In this part Aidan O’Neill considers EU secondary legislation on access to documents.

The EU access to document regime applies only to the EU’s own institutions, bodies, offices and agencies.   Strictly it is not a freedom of information regime.  Instead as the General Court has stated: Read the rest of this entry »





Matrix Media Update – 17 December 2010

17 12 2010

This is a Media Law Update covering the last week prepared by the Legal Information Team at Matrix Chambers, which they have kindly agreed to make available to readers of Inforrm.

Smith v ADVFN plc (No.7) [2010] EWHC 3255 (QB) – 13 Dec 2010.   The claimant has brought 11 defamation claims he had brought against people he claimed had defamed. In May 2010 the Court of Appeal stayed a number of defamation actions brought by the claimant and ordered him to show cause why each of the remaining claims should not be struck out. Read the rest of this entry »