Case Law: Australia, North Coast Children’s Home Inc. v Keith Martin, the perils of digital defamation – Yvonne Kux

17 08 2014

gazetteIn the case of  North Coast Children’s Home Inc. trading as Child & Adolescent Specialist Programs & Accommodation (CASPA) v Martin ([2014] NSWDC 125) a foster care organisation and two of its employees who sued over Facebook posts and emails which alleged child abuse, have been awarded a total of $250,000 in damages. Read the rest of this entry »





The Police Tip-Off and Cliff Richard – Dominic Crossley

15 08 2014

Sir-Cliff-Richard-investi-008Did you, as I did, succumb to the temptation of searching Cliff Richard’s name on Twitter following the news that his Berkshire home had been “raided” by the police?   If you did, you will have seen that many appear to be in no doubt as to his guilt.  Read the rest of this entry »





Robin Williams’ coverage shows editors won’t listen and won’t learn – Brian Cathcart

14 08 2014

williamsThe coverage of Robin Williams’s death in some national newspapers shows not only that editors treat the PCC Code of Practice with contempt – there is nothing new about that – but also that they seem unable to learn from their mistakes, no matter what is at stake. Read the rest of this entry »





Long Grass Grows Quicker in the Summer: A Response to the Government’s Response to its Media Ownership Consultation – Des Freedman

14 08 2014

DCMSThose HR people in the Culture Department are a hard-nosed bunch. Instead of letting civil servants working on the media ownership brief have a well-deserved rest in Tuscany, they keep them at their desks in the hottest months of the year publishing policy statements when the sun is shining. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Cooke and Midland Heart Ltd v MGN: A seriously harmful approach to serious harm? – Kirsten Sjøvoll

13 08 2014

Mr-Justice-BeanJudgment was handed down today by Mr Justice Bean in the libel case of Cooke and Anor v MGN ([2014] EWHC 2831 (QB)). The judgment follows the trial of two preliminary issues in the case: the meaning of the words complained of; and, most significantly, whether either or both of the publications complained of reached the “raised threshold” of “serious harm” within the meaning of section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 (“the 2013 Act”). Read the rest of this entry »





Three key reasons why the Royal Charter is better for journalists than IPSO – Brian Cathcart

13 08 2014

newspaper+stand_0The Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press was sealed on 30 October 2013.  It has widespread public and political support.  And, most importantly, it is better for journalists than the newspaper proprietors’ latest regulatory fig leaf, IPSO.  There are three key reasons for this. Read the rest of this entry »





“Hello, my name is The Daily Mail, and I twist your words” – Tom Rowland

12 08 2014

dr-kate-granger-620873092Read the excesses of parts of the British Press for long enough and one gets quite hardened to distortions, misreporting and twisting of the truth. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media, Summary Summer Round Up – 11 August 2014

11 08 2014

Summer Round Up 2 As mentioned last week, over the summer we will not be publishing our regular Law and Media Round Ups.  We will, however, publish occasional summary summer round ups to draw the attention of readers to interesting news stories, events and cases.  This is the first one. Read the rest of this entry »





A predictable act of political cowardice: the government’s response on Media Ownership – Steven Barnett

10 08 2014

MediaIf one week is a long time in politics, three years are an eternity. Remember those heady days in July 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal broke and unanimous condemnation from our political leaders’ reflected public revulsion? Read the rest of this entry »





Grief, Privacy, Social Media, MH17 and Sky News: where is the line between news and voyeurism? – Jessica Lovell

10 08 2014

Ukraine-Colin-Braz_2981190bSky News were left red faced last month after presenter Colin Brazier was shown rummaging through the items of a passenger at the crash site of flight MH17. The presenter immediately acknowledged the error in judgment and stated on air that he “shouldn’t be doing this”. Read the rest of this entry »