Case Law, Strasbourg: Ziembiński v. Poland (No. 2), Polish mayor’s private prosecution of local journalist for insult violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh

30 08 2016

img_3698The European Court’s Fourth Section has held in Ziembiński v. Poland (No. 2) that a newspaper editor’s conviction for describing local government officials as “dim-witted” and a “numbskull” violated the editor’s Article 10 right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





What’s up with WhatsApp? – Dina Shiloh

28 08 2016

WhatsAppOver a billion people around the world use the app WhatsApp, which allows users to send messages, make telephone calls and send videos and photographs over internet connections.   Read the rest of this entry »





How the horror of war gets lost in the media’s short compassion cycle – John Jewell

26 08 2016

image-20160822-18702-ce5d0jFew images have captured the peculiar horrors of the war in Syria more powerfully than the photograph and short video that emerged recently showing five-year-old Omran Daqneesh sitting in an ambulance after being rescued from the aftermath of an airstrike in Aleppo. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, CJEU: VKI v Amazon, Which data protection and consumer law applies to Amazon? – Lorna Woods

24 08 2016

amazonThe recent CJEU judgment in VKI v Amazon (C-191/15) concerns jurisdiction both in the context of conflict of laws (applicable consumer laws) and the Data Protection Directive. Essentially, the Court of Justice had to decide which Member State’s data protection law should apply where goods are sold across national borders but within the EU. In this, it forms part of a stream of case law (both decided and pending), dealing with the powers of states (and their institutions) to protect those within their boundaries notwithstanding the digital internal market. Read the rest of this entry »





We need a new kind of press regulator for a new kind of press – Emma Jones

23 08 2016

NewspapersReaders are said to be resistant to it. The newspaper industry certainly doesn’t want it. Mad really, given that news is all about change. If only times hadn’t changed. Read the rest of this entry »





For all we know: Freedom of Speech, Radicalisation and the Prevent Duty – Paul Wragg

22 08 2016

cvr-PreventGuidanceSeptember marks three anniversaries: it is fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks, it is one year since the so-called ‘prevent’ duty became law, and it is seventy-two years since the University of Chicago Press published The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich August Hayek (The Collected Works of FA Hayek, vol 2, Bruce Caldwell, ed (University of Chicago Press, 2007)).  Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: When punitive media intrude on the courts’ role, can justice be served? – David Brown

20 08 2016

“In my opinion the publication of these egregious articles warrants the imposition of a sentence that takes account of Ms Wran’s continuing exposure to risk of custodial retribution, the unavoidable spectre of enduring damage to her reputation and an impeded recovery from her ongoing mental health and drug-related problems”. Read the rest of this entry »





Poppies, patriots and pro-Brexit propaganda: Revisiting the myths of Britain’s past – Julian Petley

18 08 2016

VerdunThis year marks the anniversary of the Battle of Verdun, which raged from 21 February to 18 December 1916. By the end of this terrible struggle, one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the First world war, some 143,000 German and 162,000 French soldiers had been killed. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the Police: Damages of £75,000 for disclosure of private information – Nick McAleenan

16 08 2016

Female SilhouetteThe Greater Manchester Police agreed, last week, to pay damages of £75,000 to a victim of domestic abuse whose private information had been wrongly disclosed by police officers. Read the rest of this entry »





Global journalism needs global ethics – Christopher Kremmer

13 08 2016

image-20160725-31202-v1xb03There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or turn to the nightly television news broadcast, or just check your phone right now, and it’s clear that things have changed. All news now has the potential to reach a global audience. Read the rest of this entry »