Inforrm Blog – Happy Third Birthday

22 01 2013

Third BirthdayToday is the third birthday of the Inforrm blog – which began operation on 22 January 2010.   Our first post – “Welcome to Inforrm” – attracted 2 visitors in January 2010 and the site had a total of 7 page views that month. That was the only post in January. The posting rate and visitor numbers have increased dramatically since then. In our first three years we have had a total of 1,584 posts and nearly 1.4 million page views. We have an established readership all round the world.

The media law issues in January 2013 are not the same as those we were thinking about at the date of our launch. At the start of 2010 the issues were all about libel reform and the issue continued to dominate debates for the rest of the year.  In the first half of 2011 we had “Super-Injunction spring”.  Then there was phone hacking followed by the Leveson Inquiry.

The Inforrm blog has, over the past 18 months, been dominated by phone hacking, the Leveson Inquiry and Leveson report. We have, however, continued to cover the still simmering libel reform debate – and the mainstream libel and privacy case law. For example, in 2012 there were a number of high profile libel trials – including the first jury trial for nearly three years in June 2012 – Cooper v Associated Newspapers – and another one in October 2012 –  Boyle v MGN. These, along with other libel and privacy trials, have been fully covered on the blog.

We have also sought to continue our coverage of media law in other jurisdictions – with widely read posts about developments in India, Italy, Spain and New Zealand (among many others).  Earlier this week we had our first post on the Philippines – with a burst of interest in the blog from that country.

We would like to thank all our readers and contributors over the past 3 years.  The top posts over this period have been from a number of outside authors – taking a range of different views on the issues. Our intention continues to be to serve as a “forum” for debating issues and we would encourage readers to offer contributions on any issue concerning media responsibility, media law and the other topics which we have been writing about. Contact us at inforrmeditorial@gmail.com

In addition to our Home page, Table of Media Law Cases, Table of Forthcoming Cases and “About Inforrm“, our top ten posts of the past three years have been as follows:

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

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

The BBC, Lord McAlpine and Libel Law

Anonymity, “Take That” and Reporting Privacy Injunctions

We have noted that this list does not contain any “Leveson Inquiry” posts – which may well be an indication of “Leveson exhaustion” on the part of our faithful readers.  For the perhaps dwindling band of enthusiasts we have this list of our “Top 5 Leveson posts”

Leveson and Legality: implementation of the Report would not be Illegal – Hugh Tomlinson QC

Leveson: Leaking, Spinning and Briefing – the undermining begins

Leveson: “Disturbing Questions” and the Daily Mail’s Desperation

Leveson Inquiry: Evidence, Day 1 – Dowlers, Smith, Shear and Grant

News: Leveson Recommendations – the Information Commissioner responds and the Press misreports


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28 01 2013
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