News: Cross-Party Royal Charter, Final Version Published

11 10 2013

DCMSThe DCMS has published the Final Draft of the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf] along with an Explanatory Note [pdf]. There are a number of “technical amendments” dealing, in particular, with the role of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and the application of the Charter to Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Opinion Poll, 63% think newspapers should face statutory regulation

11 10 2013

opinion_pollIn an Opinion Poll carried out by ComRes for ITN News [pdf], 63% of respondents agreed that “The newspaper industry does not seem to have learned the lessons from the hacking scandal and should face statutory regulation“.  Only 16% of respondents disagreed.  The poll was carried out on 4 to 6 October 2013.  it was reported by ITN but not by in any newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Belpietro v. Italy, Newspaper Editor Criminally Liable for Senator’s Op-Ed, But Prison Sentence Violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

11 10 2013

maurizio-belpietroNine years ago, in its landmark Cumpănă and Mazăre v. Romania judgment, a unanimous Grand Chamber laid down a rare absolute rule that prison sentences for defamation are never justified under Article 10 where the defamatory statements concern a matter of public interest. This rule against prison sentences included pardoned, suspended, or conditional sentences, effectively removing from European legislatures and courts the ability to impose such sentences. Read the rest of this entry »