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Month: May 2013 (Page 1 of 5)

Case Law, Strasbourg: OOO “Vesti” v Russia, defamation judgment in favour of public official, no Article 10 violation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

kirovIn a judgment handed down on 30 May 2013 in the case of OOO ‘Vesti’ v Russia ([2013] ECHR 485) the Court of Human Rights has held that an award of damages and an order for the publication of a retraction in a defamation claim brought by the Chief Federal Inspector of the Kirov Region did not breach the Article 10 rights of the newspaper or the journalist.  The interference was not disproportionate to the legitimate aim of protecting the reputation and rights of others. Continue reading

Google’s brave new world – Dina Shiloh

0514-google-street-view-car_full_600In April 2013, Google was fined by the German data regulator £125,000 for recording and storing data illegally from homes using unsecured Wi-Fi networks. The information was collected by Google whilst it was gathering material for its Streetview project.  The Hamburg data regulator Johannes Caspar was clear:  “In my opinion, this case constitutes one of the biggest known data violations in history” he said.  Continue reading

Case Comment: R (M) v Parole Board – No anonymity for convicted child killer – Edward Craven

David McGreavyIn R (M) v Parole Board [2013] EWHC 1360 the High Court held the media should be free to identify a convicted murderer who brought judicial review proceedings challenging a Parole Board decision that he must remain in closed prison conditions. The case is an example of the need for judicial vigilance whenever parties agree that anonymity is appropriate. Continue reading

Event Report: A Talk by Strasbourg Judge Boštjan Zupančič on Privacy and Freedom of the Press

Judge ZupancicOn Thursday 23 May 2013, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law hosted an event entitled “The Right to Privacy and the Freedom of the Press: From the European to Domestic Perspectives … and Back“. Judge Boštjan Zupančič, the Slovenian judge at the European Court of Human Rights, gave a presentation, Sir Geoffrey Nice responded and Sir Stephen Sedley chaired the event.  The recently retired English judge at the Court of Human Rights, Sir Nicholas Bratza, participated in the discussion. Continue reading

Sex, death, brass bands and libel by photograph – David Banks

Screen_Shot_2013-05-13_at_10.54.55If you want to find mistakes in papers look at the pictures.  The Sun on Sunday has just paid out in a libel settlement after running a story about a man discovering he was the son of Fred West – but the picture they printed on the front page was the man’s half-brother who was entirely unconnected to the serial killer. It has been reported that a five figure sum has changed hands as a result. Continue reading

Case Law: McAlpine v Bercow (No.2), Sally Bercow’s tweet was defamatory – Hugh Tomlinson QC

Lord McAlpineSally BercowIn a judgment handed down on 24 May 2013 ([2013] EWHC 1342 (QB)) Mr Justice Tugendhat ruled that a tweet sent by Sally Bercow bore the “natural and ordinary” defamatory meaning that Lord McAlpine “was a paedophile who was guilty of sexually abusing boys living in care“.  In the alternative, he held that the tweet bore an “innuendo meaning” to the same effect.   The Guardian reports that Ms Bercow said she was “surprised and disappointed” by the ruling but accepted it as the end of the matter.  A settlement has now been agreed between the parties. Continue reading

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