News: Online defamation cases “double”, defamation claims decline by 47%

26 08 2011

There have been a number of reports today based on some research by Sweet & Maxwell into defamation cases.  The Guardian headline is “Rise in defamation cases involving blogs and Twitter” while the “Independent” tells readers “Online libel cases double“.  This does not give the full picture. Read the rest of this entry »





Hemming and Haigh: Freedom of Speech and Abuse of Privilege

26 08 2011

On Wednesday 24 August 2011 we posted about the judgment of the High Court in a contempt case against “investigator” Elizabeth Watson who had been working for Vicky Haigh, a woman identified in the House of Commons on 26 April 2011 by John Hemming MP. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “Press Regulation? – Now There’s an Idea” – Julian Petley

26 08 2011

When the Leveson Enquiry was announced in July, the Press Complaints Commission immediately stated its intentionto review its own constitution and funding arrangements, the range of sanctions available to it, and its practical independence’. This, it said, would be a ‘key contribution to the inquiry’, adding that it Read the rest of this entry »