News: The Guardian’s court victory is an important step towards transparency – David Banisar

3 04 2012

The Court of Appeal today took a bold step forward in advancing court transparency. The decision in R (Guardian News and Media Ltd) v City of Westminster Magistrates Court ([2012] EWCA Civ 420) established in common law for the first time the right of ordinary people and the media to obtain documents that are used in court cases. Read the rest of this entry »

Privacy law in Ireland: motes and beams – Eoin O’Dell

3 04 2012

David Norris, via his presidential election websiteI’ve been musing since Wednesday about motes and beams. A quick online search confirmed to me that the phrase comes from the King James version of St Matthew’s Gospel (chapter 7, verse 3):

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Read the rest of this entry »

Alternative Libel Project Report: Costs, ADR and Leveson – Helen Anthony

3 04 2012

English PEN and Index on Censorship, two organisations committed to freedom of expression, embarked on the Alternative Libel Project last April and have spent the last year considering whether defamation claims can be resolved in a better way than by using the current High Court process.  The project was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and Index and PEN have had support and advice throughout from members of an expert advisory committee, chaired by Sir Stephen Sedley.  The project’s final report, in which Index and PEN make recommendations for change was launched in the middle of March. Read the rest of this entry »