Who is a journalist and why it matters – Damian Tambini

30 11 2011

In this post, which originally appeared on the LSE Media Policy Blog, Damian Tambini discusses Hugh Tomlinson’s Inforrm post last week “Should journalists have privileges?“.  The post is reproduced with permission and thanks. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Davison v Habeeb & Ors – the liability of blog platforms in defamation cases – Gervase de Wilde

30 11 2011

A blog offers unprecedented scope for self-publication. But can the providers of blog platforms, whose business model is to make the process as easy as possible, be held liable for their contents in English law? This question was addressed in the case of Davison v Habeeb ([2011] EWHC 3031 (QB)) handed down on 25 November 2011 by HHJ Parkes QC (sitting as a judge of the High Court). The decision was made on an application by Google Inc. to set aside an earlier order in a defamation action in which it had been named as a party. This was due to its ownership and control of  popular blog publishing tool Blogger, which had been used to publish material about the claimant, Ms Andrea Davison. Read the rest of this entry »