Case Law: MGN v United Kingdom: victory for Mirror Group on success fees, defeat on privacy

18 01 2011

The Fourth Section of the Court of Human Rights today handed down its long awaited judgment in the case of MGN v United Kingdom (Case No. 39401/04).  The Mirror Group’s Article 10 challenge to recoverable success fees was unanimously upheld by the Court although its challenge to the underlying judgment failed by 6 votes to 1. Read the rest of this entry »





News: “Metgate” a new phase?

18 01 2011

In a post yesterday on the Index on Censorship Blog, Brian Carthcart suggests that the “News of the World” phone hacking scandal has entered a new phase.  He argues that Glenn Mulcaire’s reported confirmation that a senior News of the World news editor, Ian Edmondson, commissioned him to hack phones “elevates a nagging problem into a national political crisis“. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “Stars desert the PCC” – Jonathan Coad

18 01 2011

It has not been a good few months for the Press Complaints Commission. Its Chairman, Baroness Buscombe, has been successfully sued for libel. Its continuing refusal to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (as indicated by its absence from the recent statement of the Ministry of Justice on this issue) shows that it is still as committed as ever to a lack of transparency about its procedures and activities. Read the rest of this entry »