Leveson: Ofcom, Royal Charters and Judicial Recognisers. Or how about Sir Brian?

11 12 2012

Judicial RecognisersLord Justice Leveson recommended the establishment of an independent and voluntary self-regulator for the press. And given, the long history of inadequate self regulation, he recommended that the law must “provide a mechanism to recognise and certify” the new self-regulator. His view, after careful consideration of the alternatives, was the Ofcom should be the recognition body.   Read the rest of this entry »





Mengi v Hermitage and Access to Justice in Libel Cases – Andrew Stephenson

11 12 2012

Sarah Hermitage and her husband Stewart MiddletonOn 30 November 2012, following a 10-day trial, Mr Justice Bean dismissed a libel claim brought by Reginald Mengi, the Executive Chairman of IPP Ltd, a company which holds major newspaper and broadcasting interests in Tanzania ([2012] EWHC 3445 (QB)). The defendant, Sarah Hermitage, had set up a blog to record and to publicise as a warning to others her experience in Tanzania; how, with no protection from the local courts and officials, she and her husband were by threats and intimidation driven out of the country and forced to abandon their investment in their farm, Silverdale. Read the rest of this entry »