Freedom of the press and statutory regulation – Finland, Denmark and Ireland

20 03 2013

World Press Freedom IndexThe introduction by the cross party agreement of statutory provisions supporting a Royal Charter setting up a “Recognition Panel” (see our post here) has led, once again, to complaints that any political involvement in press regulation – however indirect – is incompatible with press freedom. For example, the Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, Kirsty Hughes, has argued that Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Thompson v James – blogger loses libel claim against Council – Gervase de Wilde

20 03 2013

Jacqui ThompsonThere may be no typical cases in this area of the law, but Thompson v James epitomised the controversy which can surround libel litigation. The protracted and bitter nature of the dispute, the Claimant’s focus on local government transparency, and the issue of access to Council proceedings all made the action a subject of concern to a range of vociferous interest groups in the print media and online. Read the rest of this entry »