LSE Media Policy Project: Leveson Inquiry Round Up – Damian Tambini

31 10 2011

The Leveson Inquiry is gathering pace, but civil society involvement remains problematic. A call for submissions was reiterated verbally at hearings this week. The call also features on the Inquiry website, but the website doesn’t issue a formal call for evidence with questions, nor is there a clear deadline. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 31 October 2011 [updated]

31 10 2011

With Lord Justice Leveson’s preliminary October seminars completed, the full Inquiry will begin properly on 14 November, with “opening statements”. Evidence is likely to be taken until February 2012. Following the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service’s joint submissions on the impact of the Inquiry on the criminal investigation, a hearing on Monday 31 October 2011 will discuss how the “interface” between the inquiry and the police investigation should be handled. A call for additional evidence has been made via the Leveson Inquiry website. We reported these updates in more detail here. Read the rest of this entry »

Blogs and Websites about Media Accuracy and Fairness: a UK selection

30 10 2011

Wordle: UntitledThe blogosphere has a rich seam of “media related” blogs, many of which engage in serious critical analysis of the vagaries of the mainstream media. Last year we did a post to introduce our readers to a selection of these.  More recently we covered more media and “fact check” blogs (and see also this follow up post).  These blogs and sites raise the kind of issues which the Leveson Inquiry is considering and their often careful and well researched analysis of the press is a valuable resource. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm: Forthcoming Cases Table

30 10 2011

We would like to draw readers’ attention to the recent updates to our “Forthcoming Cases” table.   This covers two categories of media law cases.  First, those which have been heard and where judgment has been reserved.  We have now expanded the table to cover all the cases we are aware of (in particular, those which we have listed at the end of our weekly round ups).   Read the rest of this entry »

News: Leveson Inquiry, Directions Hearing, Police and CPS Submissions and a Call For Evidence

29 10 2011

At a hearing on 26 October 2011 the Leveson Inquiry announced that the Inquiry proper would begin on 14 November 2011 with “opening statements”.   The first witnesses are due to appear a week later on 21 November 2011, with 18 victims of unethical behaviour by the press being the first to give evidence. The hearing of evidence is likely to last until February 2012.  A transcript of the hearing is now available on the Inquiry website.  There were reports of the hearing, inter alia, in the “Guardian” and the “Independent“. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm: Poll Results and the Top Ten Posts of All Time

29 10 2011

Last week we had two “polls” of our readers – on frequency and subject matter of posting.  On the first, the results were perhaps not surprising.  A clear majority – 60% of the voters – favoured one post a day.   Nobody wanted less than one a day.  Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “Without prejudice – How can Leveson avoid hampering the police investigation into phone hacking?” – Alex Bailin QC

28 10 2011

Lord Justice Leveson Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into phone hacking will take place before the conclusion of two criminal investigations and possible criminal trials. Normally, a public inquiry as a route of investigation is an alternative rather than a precursor to criminal investigation or prosecution. Read the rest of this entry »