Opinion: “The Government’s Defamation Bill – Insufficiently radical?” Part 1 – Alastair Mullis

18 03 2011

The Government’s Defamation Bill was published on Tuesday 15th March 2011 and on the same day the Deputy Prime Minister took the opportunity, by way of media introduction of the new Bill, to issue a rallying call to freedom of speech: ‘In a modern, liberal and open society dissent should be celebrated, and debate should be raucous. The press should be free – and in our society, they will be. Stirring words indeed. In the light of this language, it would not have been surprising if the Bill had offered a radical re-shifting of the law in favour of freedom of expression. That it does not do so is welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Guardian’s editorial legal director on how the injunction became ‘super’ – Judith Townend

18 03 2011

When the Guardian’s director of editorial legal services, Gillian Phillips (pictured right), spoke at an industry conference 12 months ago, there were no written judgments on privacy injunctions apart from Terry. Since then the field has developed significantly, giving Phillips plenty to draw on, for a talk about the rise of the “super injunction”, at this year’s IBC Legal Defamation & Privacy event. Read the rest of this entry »

Matrix Media and Information Update – 18 March 2011

18 03 2011

This is a Media and Information 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.

Latest Cases

Mondragon v Spain (App No. 2034/07). ECtHR – 15 Mar 2011 (the judgment is available only in French).   The applicant was the representative of a left wing Basque political party who called the King of Spain “he who protects torture and imposes his monarchical regime on our people through torture and violence”.   Read the rest of this entry »