Law and Media Round Up – 19 December 2016

19 12 2016

weekly-roundupThis is the last Law and Media Round Up of 2016.  The Michaelmas Legal term ends on Wednesday 21 December 2016 and the next legal term, Hilary 2017, will not begin until 11 January 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Fake news’: why people believe it and what can be done to counter it – Simeon Yates

18 12 2016

fakeBarack Obama believes “fake news” is a threat to democracy. The outgoing US president said he was worried about the way that “so much active misinformation” can be “packaged very well” and presented as fact on people’s social media feeds. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Eramo v. Rolling Stone, Amici Intervene, Is Correction Republication? – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

17 12 2016

uva-frat-rolling-stoneEight media companies have intervened in the Eramo v Rolling Stone action to raise the important issue of whether a correction constitutes republication for purposes of libel. A meaningful question for practitioners and journalists alike. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Shakil-Ur-Rahman v ARY Network Limited, Claimant awarded “top bracket” defamation damages – Laura Parnell

16 12 2016

mir-shakeel-ur-rehman-geo-tv1The High Court has awarded Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the Chief Executive of Pakistan’s largest media group, one of the highest compensatory awards granted in recent years following his defamation claim against ARY Network Limited (a UK broadcaster), and its Chief Operating Officer, Fayaz Ghafoor ([2016] EWHC 3110 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up

15 12 2016

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: what are we waiting for now? – Paul Magrath

14 12 2016

shutterstock_91249433-1080x675The Department of Culture, Media and Sport is currently running a consultation on the future of press regulation. But how genuine is the consultation? Will they really take any notice of the responses, or is it just an opportunity for the powerful mainstream media to lobby hard to continue its cosy and not very effective system of self-regulation? Read the rest of this entry »





Rewriting history or righting a wrong? Court of Appeal orders removal of content from a judgment – Caoilfhionn Gallagher

13 12 2016

Royal-Courts-of-JusticeThe Court of Appeal in Re W (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1140 has granted a highly unusual remedy, ordering that passages be excised from a High Court judgment. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 12 December 2016 [Updated]

12 12 2016

WeeklyNews2On 9 December 2016, the Chancellor, Sir Geoffrey Vos, granted a contra mundum injunction in the case of A & B v Persons Unknown.  The purpose of the injunction was to protect the new identities of two boys who were convicted of a “sadistic attack” in Edlington, near Doncaster in 2009 when they were 10 and 11. They have now been given life-long anonymity. Read the rest of this entry »





YouGov Poll: 51% think newspapers should be required by law to join an independent regulator, only 3% trust a regulator set up by the press

11 12 2016

opinion_pollAn opinion poll carried out by YouGov for IMPRESS [pdf] shows overwhelming public support for independent regulation of the press, with a majority favouring compulsory membership of an independent regulator.  There is negligible public trust in a regulator set up by newspaper publishers. Read the rest of this entry »





Snoop Dogg Clickbait and Free Speech: How the Challenges of Canadian Political Campaigns Will Test Ontario’s New Anti-SLAPP Legislation – Zinejda Rita

10 12 2016

queenspark-720x340In the past few months, Canadians have focused, often in disbelief, on the spectacle that is the 2016 United States Presidential Election. One controversy revolved around a New York Times article entitled “Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately.” Read the rest of this entry »