People v Murdoch, Part One, Fightback, Press Gang Launches a new campaign

12 01 2016

Press Gang MurdochAT THE beginning of 2016 Rupert Murdoch once again dominates British media.  David Cameron is back on side. Juries have refused to convict Sun journalists of bribing corrupt police officers. The threat of a tough new media regulator has all but vanished. In September Murdoch felt strong enough to rehabilitate his beloved Rebekah Brooks. In December the most dangerous threat — the possibility of corporate charges — was lifted. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Australia: Duffy v Google Inc (No 2), Damages of Aus$100,000 awarded against Google for publication of defamatory snippets and hyperlinks

12 01 2016

Janice DuffyOn 23 December 2015, Mr Justice Blue awarded general damages of Aus$100,000 for libel against Google Inc to Dr Janice Duffy ([2015] SASC 206).  This decision followed the same Judge’s ruling in October 2015 that Google was liable for the defamatory content of hyperlinks and snippets referring to the plaintiff (see the Inforrm post on this decision). Read the rest of this entry »

News: Queen’s Counsel Appointments, Media Lawyers take Silk

11 01 2016

Queen's CounselThe list of new appointments [xls] as Queen’s Counsel was published today by the Ministry of Justice.  There are 107 names of barristers and solicitors on the list and 8 honorary Queen’s Counsel appointed in recognition of their major contributions to the law. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm, End of Winter Break and cases listed for Hilary Term, 2016

11 01 2016

Royal Courts of JusticecAfter a quiet few weeks, the Inforrm winter break ends today as the Hilary Legal Term for 2016 begins.  The new legal term will run until 23 March 2016. We will resume our weekly Law and Media Round up on 18 January 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Cengiz and Others v. Turkey: a tentative victory for freedom of expression online – Marina van Riel

10 01 2016

You Tube BlockOn 1 December 2015, the European Court of Human Rights released a judgment in the case of Cengiz and Others v. Turkey. The main question put before the Court was whether the blocking of the popular video-sharing website YouTube constituted a violation of users’ Convention rights. Having first established the victim status of the applicants, the Court went on to find a violation of their right to receive and impart information under Article 10 ECHR. Read the rest of this entry »

Expanding tweets from 140 characters to 10,000? Not nearly radical enough – Christian Fuchs

9 01 2016

TweetingThere are as yet unconfirmed reports that Twitter plans to extend its 140 character limit to 10,000. But why would Twitter consider radically changing its most unique characteristic? Read the rest of this entry »

Ireland: Reform of defamation, court reports – Eoin O’Dell

8 01 2016

320px-CriminalCourtofJusticeDublinOn 18 December 2015 the Attorney General, Máire Whelan, called for a debate on the question of whether reports of court proceedings should be actionable in defamation only if there is proof of malice (Irish Independent |Irish Times | RTE). Read the rest of this entry »

Media and Information Cases before the Appellate and European Courts in 2016 [Updated3]

7 01 2016

2016There are a number of interesting cases in the field of media and information law to look forward to in 2016.  We list below the ones which have been drawn to our attention.  Please let us know if there are any further cases which should be added. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Theedom v Nourish Training Ltd, “serious harm to reputation” once again established by inference – Hugh Tomlinson QC

4 01 2016

CSPIn the case of Theedom v Nourish Training Ltd ([2015] EWHC 3769 (QB)) HHJ Moloney QC decided, on the trial of a preliminary issue, that the claimant had established serious harm to reputation” for the purposes of section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. Once again, the claimant succeeded on a “serious harm” case based almost entirely on inference. Read the rest of this entry »

Media law cases in 2015: a short survey of the libel, privacy and data protection cases

2 01 2016

2015The number of media law cases noted by Inforrm in 2015 was similar to that in 2014, with perhaps four particularly noteworthy cases at first instance, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Our Table of Media Law cases records 87 judgments of the Courts in England and Wales in media law cases in 2015, with 91 having been recorded in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »