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Month: September 2012 (Page 1 of 5)

News: Clegg backs independent press regulation – Brian Cathcart

At the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton last  week the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, set out a firm position on the need for independent press regulation that protects the public and also supports free expression.

Answering questions from party members, he said that the government should implement Lord Justice Leveson’s proposals on press reform (due out in the next few weeks) providing they are ‘proportionate and workable’. Continue reading

Canada, AB v Bragg Communications: What’s in a Name? Supreme Court allows libel plaintiff to proceed anonymously – Paul Schabas and Adam Lazier

On 27 September 2012 the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision A.B. v. Bragg Communications (2012 SCC 46) a case which deals with the balance between the open courts principle, privacy, and the rights of children.  The Court permitted a teenager to proceed anonymously in her application to find out the identity of her alleged cyberbullies.  The Court did, however, deny her application for a broader publication ban. Continue reading

Opinion: “Fit and proper” regulation?” – Eleanor Steyn

After an investigation spanning some 14 months, Ofcom ruled last week that British Sky Broadcasting Limited (BSkyB) was “fit and proper” to hold a broadcasting licence.  The overall decision is unsurprising, given that BSkyB has a good Ofcom compliance record and is a separate company from News Group Newspapers Limited (NGN), and James Murdoch is not the only director of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (Sky), BSkyB’s parent company. Continue reading

Leveson’s Legacy: Beyond dusty tomes and 21st century buzzwords – Judith Townend

The one thing I am determined not to do is to produce a document which simply sits on the second shelf of a professor of journalism’s study” Leveson LJ, 23 May 2012

Sustainability is not the same as Legacy. It is not,” says Kay “I really think that” Hope, the hard done-by Head of Sustainability in the BBC’s brilliant comedy series TwentyTwelve, an excruciating parody of Olympic events, many of which seemed to play out in real lifeContinue reading

Ireland: High Court rules that bloggers can benefit from journalistic privilege – T J McIntyre

There’s quite a lot to digest in the recent decision of Hogan J. in Cornec v. Morrice & Ors. Most of the judgment deals with wider issues in the protection of journalists’ sources, and unsurprisingly the media coverage so far tends to focus on this aspect. But reading the judgment, I was struck by the way in which it considered whether non-traditional media could also benefit from similar protections. In particular, it appears to be the first Irish judgment to consider the position of bloggers. Continue reading

Journalisted: week ending Sunday 23 September 2012, Policewomen, apology and miners

Journalisted is an independent, not-for-profit website built to make it easier for the public, to find out more about journalists and what they write about. It is run by the Media Standards Trust.   It collects information automatically from the websites of British news outlets. Articles are indexed by journalist, based on the byline to the article. Keywords and statistics are automatically generated, and the site searches for any blogs or social bookmarking sites linking to each article. Continue reading

Prosecuting the Media: The DPP’s final guidelines – Alex Bailin QC and Edward Craven

On 13 September 2012 the Director of Public Prosecutions published final Guidelines for prosecutors on assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media. The guidelines set out the approach that the CPS will take to prosecutorial decisions that affect the media. In particular, they provide guidance to prosecutors on how to decide whether a prosecution is in the public interest. Continue reading

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