Inforrm Blog – Now we are six!

22 01 2016

6th Birthday badge redThe Inforrm Blog is six years old today.  Our first post was on 22 January 2010, in the heady days of the great libel reform debate.  We began with 7 page views and one post in the first month.  Now, six years later, we have had a total of nearly 3,400 posts and 3.2 million page views. Read the rest of this entry »





People v Murdoch, Part 2, Engagement – Press Gang

21 01 2016

murdoch-v-the-people-2LAST WEEK there were two major announcements about Rupert Murdoch. On Tuesday the Times revealed he was engaged to fellow American citizen Jerry Hall. They’re planning a marriage. On the same day Press Gang asked Ofcom to hold an inquiry into the media mogul’s fitness to hold the Sky TV licence. We’re planning a divorce. Read the rest of this entry »





How children feel when journalists exploit their social media profiles – Faith Gordon

20 01 2016

image-20151210-7467-11285bsToday’s children will feature in almost 1,000 online photographs by the time they reach the age of five. That’s according to recent research commissioned by the charity Nominet for its online safety campaign, Knowthenet. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, New Zealand: Wishart v Murray, Social media libel, Justice Courtney’s Christmas gift for practitioners – Ali Romanos

19 01 2016

FB-twitter pic (2)In Wishart v Murray and ors ([2015] NZHC 3363) – the latest instalment of New Zealand’s leading case on social-media liability, now entering its fourth calendar year of interlocutory skirmishing – Courtney J confronted vexed issues in social-media-borne proceedings. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 18 January 2016

18 01 2016

Weekly Round UPThe new legal term is in full swing and our weekly Law and Media Round Ups begin again today.  We have included some material published since our last Round Up on 21 December 2015.  Please let us know whether there is anything else we should add. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Barbulescu v Romania, Surveillance of Internet Usage in the Workplace – Kate Richmond

17 01 2016

On 12 January 2016, in the case of Barbulescu v Romania ([2016] ECHR 61) the European Court of Human Rights, by 6 votes to 1, dismissed a Romanian national’s appeal against his employer’s decision to terminate his contract for using a professional Yahoo Messenger account to send personal messages to his fiancé and brother. Read the rest of this entry »





Media injunctions: appeal against injunction refused in Weller case – Iona Millership

16 01 2016

PaparazziIn Weller and others v Associated Newspapers Limited, ([2015] EWCA Civ 1176) the Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by Associated Newspapers Limited, publishers of the Mail Online website, against a finding of liability in the tort of misuse of private information arising from the unauthorised publication of unpixelated paparazzi photographs of Paul Weller’s children taken on a family outing, which were originally published by the Mail Online in October 2012, and an injunction preventing re-publication of the same. Read the rest of this entry »





Bosses’ right to snoop on staff emails is an invasion of privacy and ignores the way we work – Christian Fuchs

15 01 2016

KeyboardSince Edward Snowden revealed the existence of internet surveillance programmes such as XKeyScore, Prism and Tempora, there have been many discussions of digital snooping and its implications for privacy, freedom and civil rights. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa: Review of 2015, Sanral and SAA cases gave weight to media freedom – Dario Milo

14 01 2016

South AfricaLAST year was in some respects an annus horribilis for our young democracy. It began with the State of the Nation controversy in February, when members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were removed forcibly from Parliament for persisting in asking when President Jacob Zuma would pay back the state funds spent on upgrading his homestead at Nkandla. Read the rest of this entry »





Controlling or Coercive Behaviour: section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 – Rhory Robertson

13 01 2016

Serious-Crime-ActOn 29 December 2015 Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 came into force. It creates the specific offence of “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship” where the victim and the abuser are, as the Act puts it, “personally connected”. Read the rest of this entry »