Law and Media Round Up – 7 May 2012

7 05 2012

The big media law story of the week was the culture, media and sport select committee’s report into phone hacking [PDF] and one line in particular: its conclusion that “Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company“.  The committee found that its 2010 report on press standards was partially based on false evidence which had been intended to cover up the extent of the phone hacking scandal; its findings are summarised on Inforrm here. News Corp’s response to the report is here. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa Case Law: source protection an integral part of media freedom – Dario Milo and Pamela Stein

7 05 2012

It is fitting that last week, as South Africans were poised to celebrate Freedom Day, the day of the country’s first democratic elections, South Gauteng High Court handed down a judgment which has profound implications for media freedom.  For the first time in South African constitutional democracy, in an interlocutory application for further discovery and particulars in a defamation case, Bosasa v Mail & Guardian ([2012] ZAGPJHC 71) a court has unequivocally endorsed the importance to the media of protecting the confidentiality of their sources. Read the rest of this entry »