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Month: August 2015 (Page 1 of 3)

How the Murdoch press has waged a relentless campaign against the BBC (and why it’s worked) – Julian Petley

Sun and BBCEver since Rupert Murdoch decided to enter the television game in the early 1980s, his newspapers have waged continuous war on public service broadcasters, and on the BBC in particular. These he sees purely as rivals in the broadcasting marketplace, and when Murdoch spots rivals his instinct is to exterminate them – witness, for example, the predatory pricing by Murdoch of his newspaper titles by means of which he attempted to throttle the Independent in the early 1990s. Continue reading

Ashley Madison and the Shark Infested Seas of the Deep Web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

Deep-Web-Iceberg-e1432663755280The recent hacking of the Ashley Madison website has inevitably caused a vast avalanche of commentary, covering everything from users’ morality to company security. As we concluded in our previous article  apart from the fallout on people’s personal lives from the data dump, the hackers’ employment of the so-called ‘dark web’ to communicate their criminal acts needs further exploration. Continue reading

Is New Zealand the Libel World’s most plaintiff friendly jurisdiction? – Ali Romanos

FlagNew Zealand defamation law strikingly favours plaintiffs.  Sure, the Thai monarchy could be said to enjoy a certain degree of power, in view of the 25-year prison sentence imposed earlier this year on a businessman for some Facebook musings.  But compared at least to their more temperate Common Law brothers and sisters, plaintiffs in New Zealand enjoy considerable advantages.  Continue reading

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