Compromising anonymity, scapegoating ethnic minorities, and recklessly intruding into grief: how some newspapers have responded to Leveson – Daisy Cooper and Michelle Gribbon

10 02 2015

Scrambled-newspapersIn the wake of the Leveson Inquiry, several newspaper groups created a new self-regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”) in place of the discredited Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”).  IPSO isn’t independent at all – like the PCC, it is funded and controlled by big newspaper groups – but editors talked up the new organisation. They claimed it would provide the toughest regime of press regulation in the world, and talked about million-pound fines. So are they really worried? Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, South Africa: Democratic Alliance v ANC, Election text message was “comment” – Eloise le Santo

10 02 2015

Nkandla-zuma(R)On 19 January 2015, the Constitutional Court of South Africa handed down judgment in the case of Democratic Alliance v African National Congress and Another ([2015] ZACC 1), a case concerning text text messages relating to President Jacob Zuma sent to over 1.5 million voters by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the run up to the 2014 general elections. Read the rest of this entry »