Michael Gove and the ‘dangers’ of Leveson: another sign of desperation – Brian Cathcart

22 02 2012

Like a man being swept down a river, they reach for every branch, however flimsy, and every rock, however small or slippery. In weeks and weeks they have not found one that will hold.

Editors and executives of national newspapers are losing the argument about their past conduct, about how they have allowed journalism to be debased, about how they have abused, libelled and intruded upon innocent people, and about how they have faked their own regulatory system. Their desperation is growing, and it shows. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Thornton v Telegraph Media Group, permission to appeal refused [Updated]

22 02 2012

The Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the defendant’s renewed application for permission to appeal in the case of Thornton v Telegraph Media Group.  The defendant newspaper was unsuccessful at trial and, in a judgment handed down on 26 July 2011 ([2011] EWHC 1884 (QB)) was ordered to pay damages of  £65,000 for libel and malicious falsehood.  We had an Inforrm case comment at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

Public Interest and the Press, Skimmington Rides Again – Julian Petley

22 02 2012

Debate about the public interest has frequently been marked by attempts to distinguish it from ‘what interests the public’ or the ‘merely interesting’.  Thus, for example, in Jameel v Wall Street Journal Europe SPRL ([2007] 1 AC 359) Baroness Hale argued that the public have a right to know only if there is Read the rest of this entry »