News: Leveson, Scotland Expert Group Recommends Statute, Regulator for all Publishers and Failsafe

15 03 2013

scottish_govThe Expert Group on the Leveson Report appointed by the Scottish Government has today published its report.   It recommended a statutory recognition body with an approved regulator to have jurisdiction over all publishers.  It also recommends a statutory “fail safe” with Ministers establishing an approved regulator if none is approved. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Press Industry Statement on Leveson Talks: Inaccurate, Distorted and Unreliable

15 03 2013

newspaper+stand_0Like their newspapers, the “representatives of the press industry” apparently negotiating with Conservative ministers over Leveson cannot shed their old habits of inaccuracy, distortion and unreliability.  The statement they made yesterday about Cameron’s announcement is misleading and disingenuous, concealing the true position – that the press want to water down Leveson – behind the rhetoric of press freedom. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law Canada: Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v Whatcott, Supreme Court upholds hate speech provisions – Aileen McColgan

15 03 2013

Bill_WhatcottIn Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v Whatcott 2013 SCC 11 Canada’s Supreme Court considered the balance between equality rights and rights to freedom of expression and religion.  It upheld the central “hate speech” provisions in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, although struck down some of the code’s wording in a case prompted by flyers handed out by a religious anti-gay activist, Bill Whatcott. Read the rest of this entry »