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Month: March 2013 (Page 1 of 6)

News: Animal Defenders “political advertising” judgment to be handed down on 22 April 2013

Court of Human RightsOn 22 April 2013 the Grand Chamber of the Court of Human Rights will hand down judgment in the “political communication” case of Animal Defenders International v United Kingdom.  The case was heard over a year ago, on 7 March 2012.  The case concerns the ban on the broadcasting of political advertising in sections 319 and 321 of the Communications Act 2003 which the applicant contends is a violation of its Article 10 right to freedom of expression. Continue reading

Case Law Australia, Monis v The Queen: Offensive communications and freedom of expression – Eloise Le Santo

untitledIn the case of Monis v The Queen ([2013] HCA 14) the High Court of Australia considered familiar issues concerning offensive communications and freedom of expression.  The defendant, Man Haron Monis, is alleged to have written letters to the families of soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan. While expressing sympathy to the families, the letters were critical of Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan and of the soldiers and the part they had played in the war, referring to the soldiers in ‘a denigrating and derogatory fashion’. Continue reading

Why extending exemplary damages is the best approach for public interest journalism – Hugh Tomlinson QC

News of the WorldThere has, over the last few months, been widespread criticism from the press of Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations about exemplary damages.  These recommendations have been widely misreported and misunderstood.  Many have been misled by words like “punitive” and “fines” into thinking that such damages would be imposed as a matter of routine on publishers who make mistakes. In fact, properly understood, exemplary damages are the best available approach for protecting the rights of victims and public interest journalism.  Continue reading

News: New Zealand Law Commission releases report “The News Media meets ‘New Media'”

image1The New Zealand Law Commission has today released its report ” “The News Media Meets New Media: Rights, Responsibilities and Regulation in the Digital Age.”   The report recommends the establishment of a “News Media Standards Authority” (NMSA) to provide a one-stop shop for adjudicating complaints against all news media.  Membership would be voluntary but would bring significant benefits. Continue reading

Leveson: another poll shows public in favour of press reform – Gordon Ramsay

Opinion Poll

In a recent post on the Media Standards Trust website I wrote that eight consecutive opinion polls have shown that the press has been completely out of step with public opinion on press reform. That number can now be revised up to nine, after another Sunday Times/YouGov poll (full results here) shows that the public favours the proposals for the reform of press regulation.
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