Media and Law Review of the Year, 2013: Part 2, Phone Hacking, Blagging, Bribing and the Trial

30 12 2013

2013 year in review 2Phone hacking and its close relations blagging and bribing were rarely out of the media law news in 2013.  There were new arrests and charges throughout the year, culminating in an Old Bailey Trial.  This began on 28 October 2013 with eight defendants facing seven charges. Read the rest of this entry »

Revisited: Was Leveson wrong to reject a statutory right of reply? – Mark Thomson

29 12 2013

Right of ReplyIn his Report Lord Justice Leveson considered and rejected a proposal that there should be a statutory right of reply or correction.  This was a proposal made by the Media Regulation Roundtable in its evidence to the Inquiry [pdf].  His reasons for rejecting this proposal are unconvincing.  An important opportunity has been missed. Read the rest of this entry »

Media and Law Review of the Year, 2013: Part 1, Press Regulation, Leveson and Royal Charters

28 12 2013

2013 Year in ReviewThe last year was dominated by the continuing fall out of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.  The main media and law story of the year concerned the question of what to do about Report of the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: JXMX (A Child) v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust: Anonymity issue “needs Court of Appeal view” – Media Lawyer

27 12 2013

taysilhouetteThe Court of Appeal should deal with the issue of how judges should approach the applications for anonymity which are increasingly being made in cases involving settlements of claims such as medical negligence cases, according to a senior judge. Read the rest of this entry »

Press self-regulation in 2014: Reasons to be cheerful – Steven Barnett

26 12 2013

Steve BarnettFor the first time in British political history, a framework had been agreed – with full cross-party agreement – which would provide for independent, effective and enduring self regulation of the press. That this has been achieved in the face of an immensely, albeit predictably, hostile press gives Steven Barnett reason for cheer. Read the rest of this entry »

Journalisted Yearly 2013 – Scandals, Scares and Sidebar Staples

23 12 2013

JournalistedJournalisted is run by the Media Standards Trust. It collects information automatically from the websites of British news outlets. Articles are indexed by journalist, based on the byline to the article. Keywords and statistics are automatically generated, and the site searches for any blogs or social bookmarking sites linking to each article. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: Press bosses try to have their cake and eat it – Brian Cathcart

23 12 2013

Sir David NormingtonHaving lost the public argument about press self-regulation, the big newspaper companies are now trying to get their way by other means. Letters published online show that over the past month press bosses have tried to strong-arm Sir David Normington the official responsible for the first step in appointing the Royal Charter body that will inspect future press self-regulators. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm is taking a Winter Break

22 12 2013

winterbreak650_332The Inforrm blog will be taking a short winter break again this year to allow our editorial team to relax.  We will have a few “seasonal” posts over the next fortnight but normal service will not be resumed until early January 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Plurality: The Devil in the Detail: Media ownership limits and unaccountable power – Justin Schlosberg

21 12 2013

Justin SchlosbergOne of the great paradoxes of media reform debates is that the biggest cheerleaders for government control over media regulation are none other than the private media themselves. The war over rival charters for press regulation earlier this year was waged on a number of fronts, but it pivoted on the question of whether power to change the charter should reside with ministers, or parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Princes William and Harry, Interviews of Brooks and Coulson – Martin Hickman

20 12 2013

William Harry KateDay 32: Princes William and Harry were targets of the News of the World’s phone hacking operation, the phone hacking trial heard yesteday.  At the Old Bailey, prosecutor Andrew Edis read out a series of recordings of voicemails left by or for the princes which were recovered from the homes of the News of the World’s private detective, Glen Mulcaire, and its royal editor, Clive Goodman, in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »