Leveson Inquiry: Dacre the defender – Natalie Peck

10 02 2012

Paul Dacre, notoriously shy editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail, made no secret of his dislike of the Leveson Inquiry witness box when he was called to give evidence not once but twice this week.

On Monday he told the chairman, who suggested the editor would rather deal with his evidence in one go than return: “That’s the understatement of the year, your Honour”. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Von Hannover v Germany (No.2) – Unclear clarification and unappreciated margins – Kirsten Sjøvoll

10 02 2012

The decision in Von Hannover v Germany (No. 2) is the second of two given on 7 February 2012 by the Grand Chamber concerning the balancing of privacy and freedom of expression.  There was a case comment on Axel Springer here.)  In a unanimous decision, the Grand Chamber found that Germany had not failed in its obligation to respect the applicants’ Article 8 rights when it refused to grant an injunction against the publication of a photograph taken of Princess Caroline and her husband while on holiday at a ski resort in Switzerland. Read the rest of this entry »

Press ‘omerta’: How newspapers’ failure to report the phone hacking scandal exposed the limitations of media accountability- Daniel Bennett and Judith Townend

10 02 2012
The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial[Nick] Davies’s work…has gained no traction at all in the rest of Fleet Street, which operates under a system of omerta so strict that it would secure a nod of approbation from the heads of the big New York crime familiesPeter Oborne, The Observer, April 2010

“There seemed to be some omerta principle at work that meant that not a single other national newspaper thought this could possibly be worth an inch of newsprintAlan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, Newsweek, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »