The 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.
We will have a few “seasonal” posts over the next fortnight but normal service will not be resumed until the second week of January 2014.
This has been a bumper year in the law courts – very little privacy, not much defamation, some data protection and a lot of criminal cases. It has been the year of the Phone Hacking Trial (a total of 169 Inforrm posts, the large majority by Martin Hickman, many thanks to him), the Sun Six Trial (at total of 36 Inforrm posts, thank you again to Martin Hickman) Google Spain (the subject of 16 Inforrm posts) and Andrew Mitchell (a modest 5 Inforrm posts) to name but three.
It has also been another record breaking year for views and posts on the Inforrm blog. We have had nearly 700,000 page views this year, with November being our best month ever. We have had 679 posts so far – on a very wide variety of media and legal topics from authors from all areas of media law and all round the world.
Many thanks to all our readers for following the blog and our twitter feed (we passed 4,000 followers in the course of the year). And thank you for the many positive comments we have had (and the constructive negative ones). Thanks also to everyone who has written for the blog in the past year.
As we have said many times before, Inforrm is intended to be a forum for debate and we welcome contributions from all points of view about issues concerning “media and law”. We can be contacted via the email address on the home page.
Our top ten posts of the year were as follows (in descending order)
- Case Law: OPO v MLA, Shock and disbelief at the Court of Appeal – Dan Tench
- Social Media: How many people use Twitter and what do we think about it?
- The Police Tip-Off and Cliff Richard – Dominic Crossley
- Privacy and Defamation, Strasbourg blurs the boundaries – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- The Perils of “Revenge Porn”, Part 2 – Alex Cochrane
- Phone Hacking, So they think it’s all over – Julian Petley
- It’s grim down under: Australia, Murdoch and political control – Granville Williams
- Brooks Newmark, Public Interest and the Editors’ Code – will IPSO act?
- How to avoid defamation – Steven Price
- Case Law, Strasbourg: Delfi AS v Estonia: Court Strikes Serious Blow to Free Speech Online – Gabrielle Guillemin