Media Law Cases: Survey of the First Legal Term of 2012

5 04 2012

On 4 April 2012 the first “legal term” of 2012 (the “Hilary term”) came to an end.  The High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court will resume sittings on 17 April 2012 (the “Easter term”).   We thought that it would be interesting to have brief review of the media law judgments of the past 3 months (the term started on 11 January 2012).  Read the rest of this entry »





News – Lord Hunt: Journalism is already ‘subject to the most extensive legal inhibitions, guidance and codes’ – Judith Townend

5 04 2012

There is no need for statutory media regulation because there are a whole range of statutory controls that presently exist, Lord Hunt of Wirral said at the launch of the new edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists last Friday.

Additionally, judges can fill gaps through case law, said Hunt, chair of the Press Complaints Commission. “You do have in decided cases the ability to fill gaps and we’ve seen that with some of the recent judgments of Mr Justice Tugendhat and before that David Eady. Therefore, what is the need for anything more? That is where my case rests.” Read the rest of this entry »