The future is digital: let’s hope the online-only Independent will be part of it – John Jewell

16 02 2016

Copies of "The Independent" newspaper are displayed for sale at a store in London, Britain February 12, 2016. Britain's Independent newspaper is to disappear from news stands next month after its Russian owner said the 29-year-old title would only publish online, in the starkest sign yet of the pressures weighing on the newspaper industry.REUTERS/Neil Hall - RTX26NLPWhen it was announced that the The Independent was to cease producing the print editions of its daily and Sunday titles from March 26, the reaction of journalists and columnists to the news (and the inevitable redundancies to come as a consequence) was of course one of palpable sadness. Read the rest of this entry »





Insulting a politician right after her death: does the ECHR protect the reputation of the deceased? – Valeska David

16 02 2016

Michael_Genner_-_Obmann_von_Asyl_in_NotAt the end of 2014, when deciding on the admissibility of a case brought by Stalin’s grandson, who sued a newspaper and the author of an article for defamation of his grandfather, the ECtHR stated that the heir of a deceased person could not claim a violation of the latter’s article 8’s rights since they are non-transferable.[1] Less than two years later, however, the recent judgment in Genner v. Austria (Application no. 55495/08) seems to cast a shadow of doubt on that principle. Read the rest of this entry »