Reflections on Verdicts in the Trials of Sun Reporters – James Doleman

31 12 2014

New Sunday Sun tabloidIf you only read Britain’s best-selling tabloid newspaper you would think that the last 6 months of Sun journalists appearing in the criminal courts have led to a total vindication for the paper and for its version of journalistic ethics. Read the rest of this entry »

Benjamin Pell’s Media and Law Quiz of the Year – 2014

30 12 2014

2014 quizAfter a break in the annual sequence in 2013, we are delighted to publish our media and law quiz for 2014 . This year’s quiz has been set by the winner of our 2010 and 2011 competitions, and our 2012 quiz master extraordinaire, Benjamin Pell. Read the rest of this entry »

Media and Law Review of the Year, 2014: Part 1: The Cases – defamation, privacy and Google

29 12 2014

year-in-review-2014-image The last year was, again, a relatively quiet one in the English media law courts, with the predicted flood of litigation seeking to work out the meaning of the newly in force Defamation Act 2013 failing to materialise and privacy activity continuing at a relatively low level. Read the rest of this entry »

Ending 2014 in Media Policy: out of one election into another – Sally Broughton Micova

24 12 2014

LSE Media Policy ProjectThe big European event of the year was, of course, the election of the new European Parliament and Commission. The interruption of the elections left us waiting for the outcome of the Commission’s consultation on copyright, which received a record number of responses and should lead to a proposal for changes to EU rules. The proposed changes to EU data protection legislation were also on hold. Read the rest of this entry »

News: ICO backs Global Witness in Data Protection Battle – Media Lawyer

23 12 2014

Global WitnessThe Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has backed Non-Governmental Organisation Global Witness in its battle over protecting its journalistic sources. Diamond billionaire Beny Steinmetz, his company, BSGR, and three individuals associated with him had filed High Court claims under the Data Protection Act 1998, alleging that the NGO’s reporting of a bribery scandal in West Africa was infringing their privacy.

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Inforrm is taking a winter break

22 12 2014

winterbreak650_332The legal term in England and Wales ended on Friday 19 December 2014 and the civil courts will not re-open until Monday 12 January 2015.  The Inforrm blog is taking a winter break again this year to allow our editorial team to relax. Read the rest of this entry »

Privacy: Attack of the Drones – Jessica Lovell

21 12 2014

drone-camera-ukThe idea of drones is one that most people probably associate with the battlefield. The use of these unmanned aircraft in warzones has caused controversy but this is not the only scenario in which they are used. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Six Trial: Reporter was subject to no allegations for 5,984 days of 6,000 he worked for the paper, Court told – Martin Hickman

20 12 2014

John TroupA tipster who supplied a story to the Sun about the death of a prisoner in solitary confinement at a Category A prison may have been pretending to be a prison officer, a court was told yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Six Trial: Jury urged to put aside moral reservations about false expenses claims – Martin Hickman

19 12 2014

Dudman SunGraham Dudman was “diametrically opposed” to paying the routine payment of cash to sources while he was managing editor of the Sun, the paper’s corruption trial heard today. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Statement in Open Court, Heat magazine apologises and pays privacy damages to Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini

19 12 2014

Cheryl ColeA Statement in Open Court [pdf] was read in today in the High Court before Mr Justice Dingemans in the privacy case of Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini v. Bauer Consumer Media Limited. Heat magazine apologised and agreed to pay damages and costs. Read the rest of this entry »