“Its not in the papers”: media reporting about media regulation

31 07 2012

The media, as we are often reminded, plays the vital role of “public watchdog” – holding the powerful in society to account.  There are, however, limits to the way in which it performs this function.  One of the most striking of these concerns the failure of the media to hold itself to account.  News which does not fit with the media’s own view of its role in society and how it should be regulated is either distorted or ignored.  This gives rise to serious concerns about the way in which the Leveson Inquiry report is likely to treated. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 30 July 2012

30 07 2012

This is the final Inforrm Law and Media Round Up before the summer.  The Parliamentary recess has begun and the Trinity legal term ends tomorrow – the Michaelmas legal term does not start until October.   Over the next couple of months the courts and parliament will be quiet and Inforrm will be taking a summer break. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Leveson Inquiry, Week 26: Part one of the inquiry draws to a close – Natalie Peck

30 07 2012

This week, part one of the Leveson inquiry ended with an update from the Metropolitan Police on ongoing investigations into alleged press illegality, and closing submissions from the majority of the core participants. Read the rest of this entry »

Announcement: Conference5RB 2012

30 07 2012

The future of press regulation, freedom of the press and the public interest test are just some of the issues that will be addressed at Conference5RB 2012 on 27 September 2012 at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Chambers v DPP, “Twitter joke” case, appeal successful

29 07 2012

The appeal by way of case stated in the “Twitter joke” case (Chambers v DPP) has been allowed. The appeal was heard, for the second time, on 27 June 2012 and judgment was handed down on 27 July 2012 ([2012] EWHC 2157 (QB)).

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News: Judge awards privacy damages to supposed child of politician

28 07 2012

A small child whose father is alleged to be a philandering politician has won £15,000 privacy damages at the High Court.  The mother of the girl, identified only as AAA, has not named the father on her daughter’s birth certificate and wants to find the “right time” to reveal his identity to her.

Mrs Justice Nicola Davies (pictured), in a judgment ([2012] EWHC 2103 (QB)) handed down after a six-day private hearing in London, said the professional position of the supposed father, a married elected politician, spoke for itself. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Deadline Extended in Voicemail Interception Litigation – Tranche 2

27 07 2012

As readers may recall from earlier posts, extensive Case Management Directions were given in Tranche 2 of the Voicemail Interception Litigation on 27 February 2012. These included a procedure whereby an individual contacted by Operation Weeting could obtain disclosure from the Metropolitan Police without the need for a formal application.

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Comment: The Leveson Inquiry is far from over – Martin Moore

27 07 2012

This week has felt like another seminal one in the phone hacking saga. Eight people have been charged – including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, Rupert Murdoch has resigned from News International’s Board – another step in the process of Murdoch-ian withdrawal from UK newspapers, and the oral hearings of the Leveson Inquiry Part 1 concluded. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Mouvement Raelien Suisse v Switzerland, Of Aliens and Flying Saucers – Gabrielle Guillemin

26 07 2012

Earlier this month, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down judgment in Mouvement Raelien Suisse v Switzerland (Application no.16354/06). The case concerned the Swiss authorities’ refusal to allow a billboard campaign by the applicant movement on grounds that its activities (including the promotion of human cloning and sensual meditation) were immoral and contrary to public order. By a majority of 9 to 8, the Grand Chamber upheld the earlier Chamber judgment that the Swiss decision was within the margin of appreciation, among other things because the poster campaign was closer in its nature to commercial speech rather than political speech. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Leveson Inquiry sittings: the last day of Part One

25 07 2012

leveson.jpgThe Leveson Inquiry has had its final hearing in its inquiry into “the culture, practices, and ethics of the press”.   The first hearing was on 6 September 2011 and the Inquiry has has received evidence in 26 weeks of sittings.    Lord Justice Leveson now has the summer to write his report on Part 1 of his inquiry. Read the rest of this entry »