Newspaper Editors and Leveson, An Analysis of the ‘Delaunay Deal’

7 12 2012

The-Delaunay-London-WC2-006This week it was reported that the editors of the national newspapers had made great strides towards accepting the vast majority of Leveson’s recommendations. The Guardian reported that the broadsheet and tabloid editors ‘agreed at a breakfast summit to 40 of Leveson’s first 47 proposals – paving the way for the creation of a new regulator with powers to levy fines of up to £1m’. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland, XY v Facebook Ireland, Judge strikes down Facebook page “Keeping our Kids Safe From Predators” – Rosalind English

7 12 2012

Facebook-from-the-GuardianThe fascinating case of X v Facebook Ireland Ltd ([2012]  NIQB 96)  comes to light in the midst of general astonishment at the minimal attention paid in the Leveson Report to the  ”wild west” of the internet and the question of social media regulation.

This short  judgement demonstrates that a careful step by step judicial approach – with the cooperation of the defendant of course – may be the route to a range of common law tools that protect individuals from the internet’s incursions in a way which no rigidly formulated statute is capable of doing. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson isn’t a threat to human rights: not adopting his proposals would be – Ben Emmerson and Hugh Tomlinson

7 12 2012

Leveson PressAs part of its tireless campaign against any form of effective press regulation, this week’s Mail on Sunday had “bombshell verdict” on the Leveson report.  Leveson assessor and Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti, had apparently told the Mail that “his law to gag press is illegal as it breaches Human Rights Act”.  For good measure, the Liberty Director was reported as “blasting” Labour leader Ed Miliband’s ‘hasty and ill-considered’ endorsement of the report. This damning indictment of the Leveson Report was quickly picked up and repeated across the media. Read the rest of this entry »