Hacked Off: A letter to the Queen that its authors should be ashamed of

24 10 2013

hacked-off-logoSeven international media organisations wrote to the Queen yesterday to say that she should block the Royal Charter on the press that has been endorsed by all parties in Parliament and is due to be ‘granted‘ at a Privy Council session next Wednesday. The letter is ill-informed and misguided. Below is the text with our commentary in red italics. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: JR 60’s Application for Judicial Review, Refusal to destroy part of a ‘life story’ justified under Article 8(2) – Robin Hopkins

24 10 2013

High Court BelfastThe High Court of Justice (Northern Ireland) has today given judgment In the matter of JR60’s application for judicial review [2013] NIQB 93. The applicant sought to challenge the right of the two Social Care Trusts to keep and use various records generated when she was a resident of children’s homes and a training school between the years 1978-1991. Read the rest of this entry »





Six myths surrounding Leveson and the aftermath – Steve Barnett

24 10 2013

Steve BarnettAnyone reading our national press in the months since Leveson reported would have had little understanding of his proposals or their underlying rationale. With very few exceptions our newspapers, led by the powerful triumvirate of News International, Associated Newspapers and the Telegraph Group, have indulged in a litany of obfuscation, distortion, personal vendettas and exaggerated concerns about the potential impact of these proposals. There has been no pretence of fair-mindedness or proper journalistic enquiry. Read the rest of this entry »