Where did all the privacy injunctions go? A response to the Queen’s Bench ‘Media List’ consultation – Judith Townend

31 05 2017

According to the latest official statistics on privacy injunctions in January to December 2016 there were just three proceedings where the High Court considered an application for a new interim privacy injunction. Two were granted, one was refused. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 29 May 2017 [Updated]

30 05 2017

The news this week was dominated by the senseless terrorist murders in Manchester on Monday. The blanket media coverage gave rise to a number of issues, some of which are discussed in a post by Des Freedman. Read the rest of this entry »

Judge flags complaint on behalf of child against journalist who sneaked into hospital – Julie Doughty

30 05 2017

The judgment by Mr Justice Hayden, in Westminster City Council v H ([2017] EWHC 1221 (Fam)) concerning the case of ‘H’, the 15 year old boy at the centre of the Telegraph story we reported on here, was published  on 19 May 2017. Hayden J concludes his short judgment with this: Read the rest of this entry »

After the ‘Facebook Files’, the social media giant must be more transparent – Nicolas Suzor

28 05 2017

Most people on Facebook have probably seen something they wish they hadn’t, whether it be violent pictures or racist comments. The Conversation How the social media giant decides what is and isn’t acceptable is often a mystery. Internal content guidelines, recently published in The Guardian, offer new insight into the mechanics of Facebook content moderation.
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The Terror News Cycle – Des Freedman

27 05 2017

On the BBC’s Today programme on Tuesday some nine hours after the horror of the Manchester bombing, Nick Robinson was speaking to Chris Phillips, a counter-terrorism expert. ‘Terrorists don’t care who they kill,’ Phillips said. ‘It’s the number of bodybags that determines success.’ ‘And the publicity,’ Robinson interjected. ‘And the publicity,’ Phillips agreed. Read the rest of this entry »

Virtual doorstep: journalists, social media and the victims of tragedy – Glenda Cooper

26 05 2017

Some of the most powerful stories about the atrocity in Manchester have been told online: whether pictures of the missing, the videos taken in the aftermath or the hashtags such as #roomformanchester or #acityunited showing the city’s resilience. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »

Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy – Gianfranco Polizzi

25 05 2017

The recent proliferation of fake news is undoubtedly a matter of concern. Not that it never existed before – think of the United States’ decision to invade Iraq in 2003, justified by misinformation around the latter’s possession of weapons of mass destruction. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook’s Frankenstein’s Monster: freedom of expression and the problem with fake news and violent and sexual content – Peter Coe

24 05 2017

Nick Hopkins’ recent Guardian article on Facebook’s policies on violent and sexual content has, once again, brought the right to freedom of expression and the role of social media platforms under scrutiny. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to speak up for Article 15 of the ECommerce Directive – Graham Smith

23 05 2017

Article 15 of the ECommerce Directive lays down the basic principle that EU Member States cannot impose a general obligation on internet intermediaries to monitor what people say online. We in the UK may have to start worrying for Article 15. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 22 May 2017

22 05 2017

This was the week in which the party general election manifestos were published.  Perhaps unsurprisingly there were sharp differences on press regulation and Leveson. The Labour Manifesto [pdf] promised to implement the recommendations of Part One of the Leveson Inquiry and to commence Part Two.  Read the rest of this entry »