Hawaii’s new “anti-pap” laws – Michael Cameron

28 02 2013

gazetteHollywood’s war on being terrorized by paparazzi has moved from California to Hawaii. Michael Cameron reports from New York on the new fight between celebrities and the entertainment news industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Journalisted, week ending 24 February 2013, Pistorius bail, Moody’s downgrade and Child poverty

28 02 2013

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 »

Hacked Off, Leveson and the Royal Charter: Do this, says the press, and ministers do it – Brian Cathcart

27 02 2013

Leveson-inquiry-Peter-Wri-007Hacked Off has acquired a letter that vividly shows newspaper bosses giving orders to government ministers behind the scenes, just weeks after the Leveson Report declared that such secret manipulation damaged the interests of the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Mr Justice Eady to retire: some of his privacy and libel cases – Sara Mansoori

27 02 2013

JusticeEadyEarlier this month Mr Justice Eady presided over his final case as a High Court Judge.  He is due to retire on 24 March 2013 after nearly 16 years on the High Court bench.  For 10 years he was the judge in charge of the jury list – his retirement from that post in October 2010 provoked widespread (and largely misinformed) media commentRead the rest of this entry »

Gagging Clauses For Whistleblowers: Worth The Paper They’re Written On? – James Laddie QC

26 02 2013

Whistle (cropped)Whistleblowing has never been closer to the top of the news agenda.  As the headlines shift from one scandal to the next, we learn that the story only broke because of a whistleblower (phone-hacking), or that the wrongdoing would have been stopped earlier had whistleblowers had better protection (Savile). Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 25 February 2013

25 02 2013

6 December Round UpThe CPS made an announcement about Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into phone hacking.  It has concluded that in relation to eight of 13 suspects there is “sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to one or more offences”; and that a prosecution is “required in the public interest“. In relation to three of the remaining suspects, it has concluded that there is “insufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction“. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacking, blagging and bribing? The press after Leveson – Hugh Tomlinson QC

24 02 2013

LevesonHacking, blagging and bribing were, for many years, standard journalistic techniques in parts of the British press.  Their exposure led to continuing police investigations, over 100 arrests, several criminal prosecutions and the Leveson inquiry.  These criminal techniques were accompanied by intrusion, bullying, inaccuracy and a range of other abuses by the press. Read the rest of this entry »

Leveson and ‘journalistic materials’: another myth – Brian Cathcart

24 02 2013

Leveson reportIf Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations are implemented in full, does that mean that it will be easier for police officers conducting investigations to seize confidential research materials from journalists? The idea has gained some currency, but the answer to the question is no. Read the rest of this entry »

Privacy is not the enemy – rebooted… Paul Bernal

23 02 2013

idpwerde_aktiv_banner2iuow-636x238 (1)Today, Saturday February 23rd 2013, is International Privacy Day. To mark it, I’ve done a re-boot of an old blog post: ‘Privacy is not the enemy’. The original post (which you can find here) came back in December 2011, after I attended an ‘open data’ event organised by the Oxford Internet Institute – but it’s worth repeating, because those of us who advocate for privacy often find themselves having to defend themselves against attack, as though ‘privacy’ was somehow the enemy of so much that is good. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Ireland, Jury award of €150,000 defamation damages against Irish Daily Mail

23 02 2013

Denis O'BrienOn 14 February 2013, a Irish High Court jury awarded defamation damages of €150,000 to billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien (pictured) in a claim against the Irish Daily Mail. The jury rejected the defence of honest opinion, finding that the article was not based on fact and was not in the public interest. Read the rest of this entry »