Leveson tells MPs: my recommendations were not bonkers – David Hass

10 10 2013

LevesonThe long-awaited appearance of Inquiry Chairman Sir Brian Leveson at the Culture Select Committee was limited in scope but the judge’s messages were as clear and resolute as they were the day he published his report nearly a year ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Time for the government to stand firm on press regulation – Julian Petley

10 10 2013

Press regulation dealOn Monday evening, the BBC’s Newsnight programme revealed that a sub-committee of the privy council had rejected the Royal Charter on press self-regulation put forward by the Press Standards Board of Finance (PressBof). By the following morning, rumours were rife that consideration of the Royal Charter on press self-regulation agreed by the three main political parties on March 18 would be delayed until October 30, immediately sparking fears that, in the interim, the newspapers would do their utmost to pressure the Tories into watering down the agreed Charter. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation, declaration and qualified privilege – Steven Price

10 10 2013

gazetteReading the New Zealand Court of Appeal’s decision in Smith v Dooley ([2013] NZCA 428) you get the feeling that the High Court blundered in all the ways it’s possible to blunder in a defamation case.  Read the rest of this entry »