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Month: October 2012 (Page 2 of 5)

State of Media Freedom in South Africa, Part 2, the Courts and Media Freedom – Dario Milo

This is the second part  of a speech delivered on Press Freedom day, 19 October 2012 at Wits University.  The first part was posted on Wednesday 24 October 2012.  The third part will be posted later this week

When you examine the media freedom jurisprudence of our courts in recent years, what is striking is how far we have come in quite a short space of time. Continue reading

Journalisted, week ending 21 October 2012, Scotland, Mitchell and Tasers

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

News: Carnegie-Demos report on public interest, strict views on publication, strong support for independent regulation

A new report shows that the public do not trust the ethics of tabloid newspapers and have strict views on “public interest” and illegal information gathering.  It also shows strong public support for an independent regulator to decide issues of public interest.  The report, Voicing the Public Interest: Listening to the public on press regulation was published on Monday 22 October 2012 by the Carnegie UK Trust.  Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 22 October 2012

The Jimmy Savile scandal continues to dominate news headlines, with focus on the BBC’s decision to drop its Newsnight film. Reports in the The Times (£), Channel 4, the Independent and elsewhere quote internal emails between the production team. A BBC Panorama special is expected to air on Monday evening. The former editor of the Today Programme, Kevin Marsh (whose new book on the BBC and the Hutton Inquiry is out) has a post commenting on the editorial process and wider implications here. Continue reading

Are the judges in tune with the public’s view of the public interest?

Last month Inforrm had a case comment on the decision in which the High Court refused a privacy injunction because the former manager of the England football team was “undoubtedly a public figure”.  As such, he belonged to “the category of those from whom the public could reasonably expect a higher standard of conduct”.   This is an approach which has long been promoted by the tabloid press.   But the independent evidence strongly suggests that it is not the public’s own view of the  public interest. Continue reading

News: Libel Jury Trial, Frankie Boyle v MGN

Court 13 of the Royal Courts of Justice was, this last week, the venue for an unusual legal event: a High Court libel jury trial.  The claim is being brought by comedian Frankie Boyle against MGN Ltd, publishers of the Daily Mirror, in respect of an allegation that he is a racist. MGN is defending the case on the basis that the allegation is true or that it was “honest comment”. Continue reading

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