images-12The Inforrm Blog has now been going for nearly 3 years. Yesterday we reached another milestone – 1,500 posts. We have published more that 500 new posts in 2012. And contrary to which might have been the recent impression, not all of them have been about the Leveson Inquiry.

We would like to thank the many people who have contributed to the success of the blog over this period and particularly those who have written for us over the past three years years.

There are too many to thank individually but we would like to mention Jude Townend (for her contributions and “round ups”) and also regular contributors Brian Cathcart, Eddie Craven, Dominic Crossley and Kirsten Sjovoll. Particular thanks go to Benjamin Pell for his assistance and steady flow of information and tips on the latest media law developments.

We thought that it might be of interest to readers to highlight, once again, our most popular posts – along with some of the early, less visible ones which may be unfamiliar to those who have only recently started reading the blog. These are some of the less visible posts which we thought might be of interest to new readers:

‘I should be licensed to be the eyes and ears of the public’, says Benjie Pell – Frances Gibb

Case Law: Davison v Habeeb & Ors – the liability of blog platforms in defamation cases – Gervase de Wilde

Rooney, Coulson, Hague: balancing privacy and expression

“A right to be forgotten – or a right to delete?” Part 1 and Part 2 – Paul Bernal

Hemming and Haigh: Freedom of Speech and Abuse of Privilege

Opinion: “Role models and hypocrites” – Max Mosley

“Harassment and the Media”: Mark Thomson and Nicola McCann

Case Law: “Clift v Slough Borough Council – Qualified Privilege meets Article 8″ – Lorna Skinner and Edward Craven

Privacy, the Duchess of York and the Public Interest

Case Comment: Sawant v Times Global Broadcasting Limited – an extraordinary award of compensatory damages by an Indian court

Opinion: “Defamation and False Privacy” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

Is following people illegal? ‘News of the World’ investigation techniques and the civil law

The Strange Decline of the English Defamation Trial

This is our updated list of the “Top 20 Inforrm posts of all time” (none of which are Leveson related):

Harassment and injunctions: Cheryl Cole – Natalie Peck

“The cases of Vanessa Perroncel and John Terry – a curious legal affair” – Dominic Crossley

Case Law: ETK v News Group Newspapers “Privacy Injunctions and Children” – Edward Craven

News: Tulisa “Sex Tape”, false privacy turns into true privacy

La Regina Nuda and Italian Privacy Law – Athalie Matthews and Giacomo Parmigiani

The MP and the “Super-Injunction” – rumour, myth and distortion (again)

News: Hemming MP’s “super injunction victim” named as sex abuse fabricator

The BBC, Lord McAlpine and Libel Law

Anonymity, “Take That” and Reporting Privacy Injunctions

Wayne Rooney’s Private Life and the Public Interest

Case Law: Von Hannover v Germany (No.2) – Unclear clarification and unappreciated margins – Kirsten Sjøvoll

Strasbourg on Privacy and Reputation Part 3: “A balance between reputation and expression?”

The Mail and the naked prince – Brian Cathcart

Opinion: “Supreme Court of Canada Recognizes Limited Right to Access Government Documents” Paul Schabas and Ryder Gilliland

US Freedom of Expression and Media Law Roundup 7 July 2010

Defamation in Scotland – mostly quiet on the northern front?

Case Law: DFT v TFD – super injunctions, again – Mark Thomson

Case Law: Thornton v Telegraph Media Group, an offer of amends defence fails – Hugh Tomlinson QC

Privacy law: the super-injunction is dead

Responsible journalism and William Hague