How Radical are the Leveson Proposals? Lessons from Overseas, Part 2 – Lara Fielden

31 12 2012

Lara FieldenThis is the final part of Lara Fielden’s analysis of the Leveson Proposals in the context of overseas models of press regulation.  The first part was published on 30 December 2012.

Leveson makes three core recommendations on the way the new regulatory body should be organised (summarised in The Leveson Inquiry Report Volume 4 at p.1759 (Figure K7.1) and p.1777 Figure K7.2).  He proposes it should have three arms: complaint handling, standards enforcement and the arbitration service. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law Review of the Year, 2012: Part 1, January to April – Judith Townend

31 12 2012

2012-Social-Media-Year-in-ReviewWith the Leveson Inquiry, ongoing phone hacking litigation, several police operations investigating press activity, a growing number of prosecutions around social media use and continued parliamentary scrutiny of defamation and privacy, it has been a busy year for media and communication related law. That’s before we’ve even mentioned scandal at the BBC, the royal family, significant libel trials or contempt of court. The Inforrm blog followed and discussed all these developments in nearly 600 blog posts – reaching an overall total of over 1,500  in less than 3 years. Read the rest of this entry »





How Radical are the Leveson Proposals? Lessons from Overseas, Part 1 – Lara Fielden

30 12 2012

Leveson ReportIn drafting his recommendations for reformed press regulation in the UK, Lord Justice Leveson has looked with evident interest at how things are done overseas. A chapter of his report considers ‘international comparators’ (Part K, Chap 5) and while none can provide an off-the-shelf blueprint for future regulation in the British context, elements of a variety of overseas models form key components of his proposals for a voluntary, independent, self-regulatory framework. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm is taking a Winter Break

24 12 2012

winter-break-colorThe Inforrm blog will be taking a short winter break again this year to allow our editorial team to relax.  We will have a few “seasonal” posts over the next fortnight – in particular Jude Townend’s “Media Law Review of the Year” and the eagerly awaited and hotly contested “Inforrm 2012 Quiz” – but normal service will not be resumed until the second week in January 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalisted Yearly, 2012: Olympics, Leveson and Diamond Jubilee

23 12 2012

JournalistedJournalisted 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. Read the rest of this entry »





Prosecuting social media: the DPP’s interim guidelines – Alex Bailin QC and Edward Craven

23 12 2012

TwitterThe ubiquity of social media presents new challenges for law enforcement and free speech. The Leveson Report described the internet as an ‘ethical vacuum’ where ‘bloggers and others may, if they choose, act with impunity’. But this picture of an unregulated domain of free expression is at odds with recent prosecutions for messages posted on Twitter, Facebook and other social media websites. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia, Papaconstuntinos v Holmes a Court, Qualified privilege, Holmes a Court wins in High Court – Justin Castelan

22 12 2012

papa1Given that this year AFL Football and cricket have graced the Australian courts with fantastic defamation cases about talk shows, lurid affairs and sordid match-fixing claims, it seems only natural that Rugby League would eventually be selected as well.  And so it was. The High Court gave leave to appeal (still not sure why) and heard the appeal relating to the financially struggling South Sydney Rabbitohs and the feuding enemies who jousted for positions on the Club’s Board in March 2006 ([2012] HCA 53). In the one corner was the plaintiff, Tony Papaconstuntinos, or Mr Papa for short, who was a director of the Club and also employed by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (“CFMEU”). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Libel Damages of £65,000 awarded against “Daily Mail”

22 12 2012

Mrs Justice SharpIn a judgment handed down yesterday, Mrs Justice Sharp awarded management consultant Andrew Miller libel damages of £65,000 against the Daily Mail over an allegation that there reasonable grounds to suspect that he was a willing beneficiary of improper conduct and cronyism  ([2012] EWHC 3721 (QB)). The judgment was given nearly 7 months after the conclusion of the 5 day trial on 25 May 2012. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson Down Under – Richard Ackland

21 12 2012

gazetteLord Justice Leveson recently appeared at two conferences in Australia, but not to discuss his mammoth two-thousand page report on media practices and ethics … Richard Ackland explains why his Sydney talk on privacy and the internet “was like watching Pavlova walking, instead of dancing” Read the rest of this entry »





The Hoax Call: Did the Australian radio show hosts break their own privacy code? – David Hooper

20 12 2012

Radio HostsWill the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) take tough action not only in respect of the broadcast without permission of the secretly recorded telephone call, but also for breaching the Duchess of Cambridge’s privacy? Read the rest of this entry »