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Day: 31 January 2012

Round up of Media Law in 2011: the view from Australia – Yvonne Kux

It was a big year for media and the law. Rupert Murdoch’s tacky tabloid, News of the World, closed after revelations of widespread phone hacking. The UK government released a draft Libel Reform Bill. Australia came closer to a tort of privacy, defamation trials dwindled, documentary cameras entered Australian criminal courts and everyone had something to say about the uniform Defamation Act. Continue reading

Legal questions about Twitter ‘censorship’ and country-specific content control – Judith Townend

Media reports of Twitter’s newly announced country-specific content policy have focused on the implication for authoritarian regimes low down the press freedom table.  But its application in the UK raises interesting questions too: which authorities will Twitter respond to and to what types of complaint?

Twitter has not disclosed the finer details of its policy, as it does not want “to comment on hypothetical situations“. That was the line from Twitter’s media office as well its head of global public policy, Colin Crowell who appeared in front of the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions on Monday. Continue reading

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