Why the big newspaper groups hate the Royal Charter – Brian Cathcart

25 10 2013

General Stock - NewspapersThe Telegraph and Mail papers and the Murdoch press are unrelenting in their opposition to the Leveson reforms, as embodied in the Royal Charter on the press. Although concession after concession has been made in the effort to accommodate them it makes no difference: they just say no. Read the rest of this entry »





Is Anonymous Commenting Under Threat in the EU? – Emma Goodman

25 10 2013

emma-goodman-150x150On 10 October, in what was seen as a setback for the practice of allowing anonymous comments on websites in Europe, the European Court of Human Rights upheld a national ruling in Estonia that found a news portal liable for offensive comments posted by users on its website. Emma Goodman, co-author of a recent report on comment moderation practices looks at the implications of this ruling. Read the rest of this entry »





#Trolling: Online abuse and the law – Rhory Robertson and Sophie Pugh

25 10 2013

TrollTrolling is an artificial construct and much misunderstood: see Clare Brown’s article here. So it is no surprise to find the absence of any consistent law governing conduct on the internet as a whole. The internet transcends boundaries in a way that most national laws do not. Read the rest of this entry »