News: Royal Charter Press Recognition Panel to begin on 3 November 2014

31 10 2014

PressThe Press Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press, will come into existence as a legal entity on 3 November 2014 when the five initial members of the Board take up their appointments. Read the rest of this entry »





Paul Dacre on Leveson and the Press, a “victim” speaks – Brian Cathcart

31 10 2014

Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre Gives Evidence At The Leveson InquiryPaul Dacre has made a speech at a NewstrAid charity event. The full text is available here. It shows the editor of the Daily Mail ambitiously playing the victim card, painting a picture of newspapers desperately holding aloft the tattered flag of liberty while being persecuted in every possible way by an intolerant, authoritarian state. Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: “Money no object for the Sun”, court hears

31 10 2014

sun-getcccctyAn HMRC source paid over £17,000 for confidential information by a Sun journalist claimed to have received a full copy of the budget. The prosecution told the jury that it was a “grubby relationship based on greed”.

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Blocking Injunctions and the Court’s unlimited jurisdiction to make orders – Hugh Tomlinson QC

30 10 2014

court-injunctionsThe recent “blocking injunction” decision of Mr Justice Arnold in Cartier International and Others v. BSkyB and others [2014] EWHC 3354 (Ch) has attracted considerable comment from intellectual property lawyers [1] but also contains a discussion of the Court’s jurisdiction to grant injunctions which is of general application and is potentially useful to media lawyers. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: RIPA, Phone Hacking and Press Double Standards

29 10 2014

PoliceThe press have come together to present a united front following revelations that police have been accessing journalists’ phone records under provisions in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). The unanimous condemnation is in stark contrast to the censorial press coverage of the phone hacking scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Strasbourg, Stankiewicz v. Poland, Responsible public interest journalism protected by Article 10 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

28 10 2014

Rzeczpospolita_9-06-2010_paliwa_5-40In the case of Stankiewicz and Others v. Poland [2014] ECHR 1061, the Fourth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 10 where the domestic courts had found that an article about a demand for a bribe by a public official had breached the official’s rights.  This was a public interest story in relation to which the applicants had complied with the tenets of responsible journalism. Read the rest of this entry »





Public Lecture: The UK Media and the Police, Roger Graef

27 10 2014

CachedImageRoger Graef, the renowned documentary film-maker, journalist and criminologist, will give the second in the series of Media & Public Policy talks at King’s College London on the evening of Monday 10 November 2014.
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Law and Media Round Up – 27 October 2014

27 10 2014

Media and Law RoundupThe settlement of the only privacy trial listed for this legal term was announced yesterday. Express Newspapers has apologised unreservedly and paid damages to Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips.  As we reported  in our Michaelmas Round Up, the case was due to be tried on 10 November 2014.

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Trolls, threats, the law and deterrence – Paul Bernal

26 10 2014

trollhunter600“Internet trolls face up to two years in jail under new laws” screamed the headline on the BBC’s website, after Chris Grayling decided to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob”. It’s not the first time that so-called ‘trolls’ have been made the subject of a government ‘stand’ – and a media furore. This particular one arose after TV presenter Chloë Madeley suffered online abuse – that abuse itself triggered by the comments about rape made by her mother, Judy Finnigan, also a TV presenter, on Loose Women. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Defamation, Facebook and the Seventh-Graders – Susan Brenner

25 10 2014

SWW-classroom1This post examines a recent opinion which the Court of Appeals of Georgia issued in a civil case: Boston v. Athearn, 2014 WL 5068649 (2013). This was a case in which Alexandria Boston (`Alex’), a minor, through her parents Amy and Christopher Boston, brought an action againt Dustin Athearn (‘Dustin’), a minor, his parents, Sandra and Michael Athearn, and other defendants. Read the rest of this entry »