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Month: July 2012 (Page 1 of 5)

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

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. Continue reading

News: Judge awards privacy damages to supposed child of politician

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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