Case Law: CDE v MGN plc, – privacy and anonymity (again) – Edward Craven

25 01 2011

What’s in a name? ‘A lot’, the press would answer” – these were the memorable words of Lord Rodger in the Supreme Court in In re Guardian News and Media Ltd [2010] UKSC 1 [63]. Regular readers of the Inforrm Blog will be well aware of the continuing debate about the circumstances in which a court should supplement an injunction preventing publication of private information with an order anonymising the names of the litigants as well. Unsurprisingly, such anonymity orders tend to be very popular with claimants (who want to avoid alerting the public to the existence of information “out there” that the claimant wishes to keep secret) and equally unpopular with the press (who recognise that naming names tends to sell more papers). Read the rest of this entry »





Libel Actions in Northern Ireland in 2010 – Olivia O’Kane

25 01 2011

In a previous post I discussed defamation law in Northern Ireland.   I have now obtained the figures concerning the numbers of defamation cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2010.   There were 43 libel claims, of which 25 were brought against broadcast or print media defendants.   Read the rest of this entry »