The Inforrm blog is taking a summer break for a couple of weeks. We thank all our readers and contributors who over the past 18 months have made this into one of the world’s leading media law blogs.
The blog has now had nearly 600,000 page views since February 2010 with an average of over 1,500 a day in 2011. We now have over 350 email subscribers.
We have had 750 posts from several dozen contributors. We have sought to cover the full range of media and law issues – from the “libel reform” debate, through “super injunction spring” into the “phone hacking firestorm”.
In our post this time last year we suggested that the libel reform debate needed to be broadened to cover the law relating to privacy as well as issues of media regulation. Our wish has come true but we certainly did not anticipate the pace at which things have moved over the past twelve months.
Privacy was the topic of the first few months of 2011 – ending with the report of Lord Neuberger’s Committee on Super-Injunctions – “Super-Injunctions, Anonymised Injunctions and Open Justice” (discussed in a post at the time) and then the extraordinary period of “May Madness“. The smoke was just beginning to clear when phone hacking broke out of its broadsheet ghetto and came to dominate the news agenda for over a fortnight. In the course of this “firestorm”, the Hacked Off campaign gained a small footnote in campaigning history with its stated aim (which appeared to be an overambitious one) of a full public inquiry into phone hacking and media illegality being achieved on the very day of its launch. The Leveson Inquiry was established – and there was an Opening Statement yesterday about its plans. The future shape of media regulation is now at the centre of the political agenda, with a once in a generation opportunity for radical and thoroughgoing reform.
The interests of our readers are reflected in the top ten posts of the past three months which are as follows:
The MP and the “Super-Injunction” – rumour, myth and distortion (again)
Harassment and injunctions: Cheryl Cole – Natalie Peck
Case Law: ETK v News Group Newspapers “Privacy Injunctions and Children” – Edward Craven
Opinion: “CTB and Imogen Thomas, Eady versus the Tabloid Press?” – Tim Lowles
What now for contemptuous tweeting and media innuendo in the privacy injunction saga? – Judith Townend
Case Law: CTB v News Group Newspapers: privacy law and the judiciary – Edward Craven
Privacy law: the super-injunction is dead
Case Law: Mosley v United Kingdom: pre-notification rejected by Strasbourg – Hugh Tomlinson QC
Case Law: Goodwin v NGN – Privacy, Intrusion and Novelty – Mark Thomson
Case Law: Thornton v Telegraph Media Group, an offer of amends defence fails – Hugh Tomlinson QC
Finally, we remind readers that we welcome posts on media and legal issues from outside contributors. The purpose of the blog is provide a forum for discussion of the issues and we welcome all points of view and from all countries. If you are interested in contributing please contact Inforrm at our email address: email@example.com.
We will be returning to regular posting in the second half of August. In the meantime, we wish everyone a relaxing summer break.