News: Privy Council Committee rejects PressBoF Charter

8 10 2013

Maria MillerIn a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Maria Miller said that the Committee of the Privy Council was “unable to recommend” that the Press proposal for a Royal Charter be granted. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation: A Lesson From History, A Message to David Cameron – Steven Barnett

8 10 2013

PressWe have been here before. Delays, legal manoeuvres, and desperate scaremongering as the national press tries to stave off even the mildest form of accountability.  Self-serving politicians desperate to suppress the truth? Try this: “One of the greatest canards of the past few years has been that ‘ordinary’ people need privacy laws to protect them from a rapacious Press. This mantra is chanted incessantly by politicians when in fact what they really want is protection for themselves.” (Daily Mail, 30 July, 1993). Read the rest of this entry »





Michaelmas Term: Upcoming Media Law Trials and Appeals [Updated 3]

8 10 2013

Royal CourtsThe new legal term – Michaelmas – started on 1 October and will end on 19 December 2013.  With the invaluable assistance of Mr Benjamin Pell we have prepared a list of the upcoming defamation and privacy trials and appeals.  We would be grateful to readers for information about any other listed or pending cases.  We will then update this post. Read the rest of this entry »





The Privy Council and the Royal Charters: how does it all work?

8 10 2013

Privy Council (1)This is the week of the Privy Council and Press Charters.  The Privy Council is due to meet on 9 October 2013 and it seems that the the PressBoF Royal Charter [doc] may be on the agenda.  A Committee of the Privy Council has been considering this charter and may be formally reporting to the Privy Council.  Read the rest of this entry »