Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom, Introduction – Paul Tweed

6 03 2012

Notwithstanding a decade of almost continuous decline in the number of defamation Actions coming before the UK Courts, we have somewhat inexplicably seen a dramatic increase in the attention given by the press to an area of law that many people had dismissed as the preserve of the rich and famous. However, prompted by a smattering of claims initiated by a relatively small band of Hollywood celebrities, the press decided to embark on what could be regarded as one of the most disproportionate and unnecessary campaigns for law reform in recent memory.

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Case Preview, Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber: Animal Defenders International v United Kingdom – Article 10 challenge to broadcast ban

6 03 2012

On Wednesday 7 March 2012 the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will an oral hearing of the year in the case of Animal Defenders International v Unkingdom.  This is the first oral hearing of the year in a case involving the United Kingdom and the first United Kingdom Article 10 case to be heard by the Grand Chamber since Bowman in 1998.  The case concerns the ban on political advertising in sections 319 and 321 of the Communications Act 2003 which the applicant contends is a violation of its Article 10 right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Cabinet Minister’s 17 year old son abandons privacy injunction appeal, information disclosed

6 03 2012

Three weeks ago the out of hours judge, Mr Justice Lindblom, granted a privacy injunction to the 17 year old son of Environment Minister, Caroline Spelman ([2012] EWHC 239 (QB)). We had a post about the decision.  The return date for the injunction was 16 February 2012 and the application to extend it was heard by Mr Justice Tugendhat.  Read the rest of this entry »