Phone Hacking Trial: Sienna Miller, hacked phone messages “feasible”, trial hears – Martin Hickman

31 01 2014

Law Miller CraigDay 50, Part 2: Sienna Miller said today that she probably would have left the sort of phone messages that a former News of the World reporter claimed he hacked with the knowledge of the paper’s editor Andy Coulson. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter still to grasp the nettle? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

31 01 2014

TwitterIt was not so long ago that we wrote that Twitter appeared to be grasping the nettle and taking its role as a responsible social media platform seriously. However, Twitter’s abject failure to deal with the recent abuse levelled at Stan Collymore, an ex-premiership footballer, suggests our assessment might have been ill-judged. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Former NOTW reporter insists Coulson hired him to hack phones – Martin Hickman

31 01 2014

CoulsonDay 50, Part 1: A former News of the World reporter insisted today that Andy Coulson had hired him to hack phones. Dan Evans said he had told Mr Coulson, then the NoW’s editor, about his skills in voicemail interception during a job interview at a London hotel. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: Defending Defamation, Interview with Peter Wilmhurst and Sarah Hermitage – Hardeep Singh

31 01 2014

WilmshurstSarah Hermitage and her husband Stewart MiddletonThe Defamation Act came into force at the beginning of the year. Here Hardeep Singh asks two individuals who defended claims under the previous regime if anything has changed and what they might do differently. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy isn’t selfish … Paul Bernal

31 01 2014

privacyThe importance of privacy is often downplayed. It sometimes seems as though privacy is viewed as something bad, something inherently selfish, something that ‘good’ people don’t need or really want – or at the very least are willing to sacrifice for the greater good. To me, that displays a fundamental misunderstanding of privacy and of the role it plays in society. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: NOTW reporter admits mistakes in phone hacking allegations – Martin Hickman

30 01 2014

media_andy_coulson_2Day 49, Part 2: A long-serving News of the World reporter has admitted making mistakes in his allegations about Andy Coulson’s involvement in phone hacking. At the start of his four-day testimony this week and in his police statement, Dan Evans said he had played the message left by Sienna Miller to Mr Coulson and another journalist at the NoW’s offices in Wapping on Tuesday 27 September 2005. Read the rest of this entry »





Hidden in the Deregulation Bill: is this another backdoor threat to journalism? – Gill Phillips

30 01 2014

House-of-Commons-001On Monday 3 February the Second Reading of the Deregulation Bill takes place in the House of Commons. Hidden away amidst changes to the regulation of knitting yarns, sale of liquor confectionary to children and repeal of archaic offences of shaking carpets or keeping pigsties, is a provision that seeks to repeal some of the journalistic protections in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which currently ensure that there is proper inter partes judicial scrutiny before police applications to obtain journalistic material are granted. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: NOTW journalists often made up quotes, former reporter tells hacking trial – Martin Hickman

30 01 2014

News-of-the-World-006Day 49, Part 1: Journalists on the News of the World often made up quotes for publication in stories, former NoTW reporter Dan Evans told the phone hacking trial today. Asked about comments from “friends” of Sienna Miller in a NoTW story, Evans said that it might come as a shock to the court but not everything in a tabloid newspaper was the “nailed-on” truth. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: The public interest defence and digital communications – Jacob Rowbottom

30 01 2014

DigitalThe Defamation Act 2013 replaces Reynolds privilege with a new defence of ‘publication on matter of public interest’.  On one view, the statutory defence aims to provide a broader protection for expression than was previously found under the common law. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Lavric v Romania, the Positive Obligation to Protect Reputation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

30 01 2014

romania-libera4Under the European Convention on Human Rights, States have obligations ensure the protection both the freedom of expression and of the reputation in their domestic law.  The dismissal by a domestic court of a defamation claim may be a breach of the positive obligation to protect the claimant’s reputation. The recent case of Lavric v. Romania ([2014] ECHR 44) provides a particularly striking example of such a breach.
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