Law and Media Round Up – 31 October 2016

31 10 2016

Weekly-Roundup1On 25 October 2016, the Press Recognition Panel (“PRP”) approved IMPRESS as a regulator which satisfied the criteria set out in the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press. We had a post about this. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, CJEU: Breyer v Germany, Dynamic IP addresses will (very?) often be personal data and German Law is too restrictive – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

30 10 2016

breyer-636x310In the case of C‑582/14 Breyer v Bundesrepublik Deutschland  the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has delivered another landmark judgment concerning the proper characterisation of IP addresses and the compatibility of German national law with Article 7(f) of the Data Protection Directive (DPD). Read the rest of this entry »





Impress vs IPSO: A chasm, not a cigarette paper – Steven Barnett

30 10 2016

ipso-vs-impress-collage-e1477660796395-800x601In his blog last week the editor of the Press Gazette argued that there was “barely a cigarette paper’s worth of difference” between would-be press regulators IPSO and Impress.  If only. In truth, there is a chasm between the two which would take an essay to enumerate. Here are just four fundamental differences. Read the rest of this entry »





PR firms are becoming more powerful, but good journalism still prevails – John Jewell

29 10 2016

image-20161005-14227-1entr1yRecent articles about the public relations firm Bell Pottinger are a stark reminder of the power and pervasiveness of PR in today’s fragmented media landscape. Read the rest of this entry »





The Press and Section 40: Roy Greenslade and the Nightmare Scenario – Brian Cathcart

28 10 2016

professor-roy-greenslade-professor-of-journalism-london-city-university-image-1In the long history of special pleading by our corporate national newspapers, the nightmare scenario has played a distinguished role. Few ideas entailing even the slightest change or inconvenience for proprietors and editors have escaped this end-of-civilisation-as-we-know-it treatment. Read the rest of this entry »





“The terrifying tale of how Britain’s most secret court imprisoned a grandmother” (AKA Court enforces its own orders and publishes judgment for the world to see)

28 10 2016

court-of-protectionThis week Christopher Booker, chose this as his topic for his Sunday Telegraph column “The terrifying tale of how Britain’s most secret court imprisoned a grandmother“. This is of course a very worrying headline. The article itself is also likely to raise concern about this secretive court, that goes about locking up poor defenceless grannies. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Supreme Court gives permission to appeal in Mirror phone hacking costs case

27 10 2016

510-supreme-court-1On 26 October 2016, the Supreme Court (Lords Mance, Reed and Toulson) gave Mirror Group Newspapers permission to appeal against a decision of Mann J on costs and CFAs. Read the rest of this entry »





Four reasons why listicles and clickbait are killing real journalism – Sean Dodson

27 10 2016

image-20161024-28376-1hzeu70In July 2016, the Croydon Advertiser – a 123-year-old newspaper – published two lookalike stories on facing pages. Headlined “13 things you’ll know if you are a Southern rail passenger” and “9 things you didn’t know about Blockbuster” the articles stood out for their striking similarity. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation post Leveson: where are we now? – Emma Goodman

26 10 2016

Leveson-inquiryIt has been a long road from the phone hacking scandal which came to light between 2006 and 2011 and threw regulation of the UK press into disarray. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Collection of bulk personal datasets was unlawful – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

26 10 2016

gchqOn 17 October 2016, the investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) delivered its judgment in the case Privacy International v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs et al. The skeleton arguments for the claimants and respondents can be accessed here. Read the rest of this entry »