Law and Media Round Up – 29 April 2013

29 04 2013

Round Up 2013The biggest news of the week is that the Defamation Bill received Royal Assent and is now the Defamation Act 2013, three years after the publication of Lord Lester’s original Defamation Bill. Inforrm reported the news and context here; a commentary by Jo Glanville, director of English PEN, can be found here. Robert Sharp, also of English PEN, has dissected some of the detail here and here. A report in Belfast Telegraph reports that Index on Censorship is questioning Stormont’s decision to block the Act from becoming law in Northern Ireland. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition: This press barons’ charter is neither independent nor fair

29 04 2013

media-reform-banner-slide1 (1)On 25 April 2013 the rulers of Fleet Street  thumbed their nose at four months of negotiations, campaigns and public protests to propose a Royal Charter which suits their aims. This press barons’ charter not only replicates but actually worsens the problems they tried to get away with in February. It allows substantial influence by politicians and serious interference from the press in the appointment and recognition of the new regulator and neuters its powers to handle complaints. Read the rest of this entry »





Libel News: Care companies bring action against Rochdale Council Leader

29 04 2013

Rochdale MBCTwo care companies have issued libel proceedings against Rochdale Council and its Labour leader Colin Lambert after he said that the borough was the “wrong place” to put vulnerable youngsters in private care and that their safety was not being “guaranteed”.  The remarks were made last year after nine men were convicted for the illegal grooming of under age girls for sex in Rochdale. Read the rest of this entry »