Sir Cliff Richard v the BBC: privacy rights and criminal investigations – Tom Rudkin

20 06 2017

The helicopter images broadcast as police raided Sir Cliff Richard’s home in Sunningdale were unquestionably one of the most controversial news segments of 2014.  The case highlights the issue of privacy rights in criminal investigations. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 19 June 2017 [Updated]

19 06 2017

The horrors of the Grenfell Tower fire dominated the media last week.  A number of issues were raised about the conduct of journalists pursuing stories about the tragedy. Read the rest of this entry »





News: German Court orders Google not to link to Lumen database showing takedown order

18 06 2017

A German Court has ordered Google not to link to the Lumen (formerly known as “Chilling Effects”) database after it had taken down defamatory content as a result of an earlier Court order. Read the rest of this entry »





The year in Australian media law – Peter Bartlett and Sam White

17 06 2017

Defamation law in urgent need of reform, mainstream media actions on the up, social media actions become a trend, suppression orders continue unabated, journalist shield laws appear to be working … Media lawyers Peter Bartlett and Sam White look at the past year Read the rest of this entry »





Don’t believe the pundits: it’s too soon to dismiss the power of the red tops – Angela Phillips

16 06 2017

In the aftermath of the UK elections, there has been much speculation that the power of the Tory supporting tabloids is on the wane, diminished by social media and a youth surge to the left. This would be a very sudden demise. After all, it was those very same tabloids that, just a year ago, were credited with pulling off their greatest political coup by convincing large numbers of their working-class readers to vote Brexit. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: what is public interest journalism? – Andrea Carson

15 06 2017

Public interest journalism could be considered the antithesis of media’s darker side, which includes fake news, propaganda, censorship and voyeurism. The outcomes of public interest reporting can expose corruption, launch royal commissions, remove improper politicians from office, and jail wrongdoers. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Arnarson v Iceland, No violation of Article 10 when public interest journalism is unverified – Hugh Tomlinson QC

14 06 2017

In the case of Arnason v Iceland ([2017] ECHR 530) the First Section of the Court of Human Rights applying the Axel Springer criteria for balancing Articles 8 and 10, held that a domestic defamation judgment arising out of a publication which made an accusation of fraud did not violate Article 10. Read the rest of this entry »





Is there a First Amendment right to follow President Trump’s Twitter account? – Clay Calvert

13 06 2017

President Donald Trump’s fondness for criticizing news organizations, “heckling journalists” and spouting points of public policy via his Twitter account is clear. News of his nomination of Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director, for example, came by tweet. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 12 June 2017

12 06 2017

The press reacted “with shock” to the general election result.  The sustained personal attacks of the Sun, Mail and Express on Jeremy Corbyn failed to persuade the voters to support the Conservative Party. Read the rest of this entry »





The election wot The Sun (and the rest of the UK tabloids) never won – James Rodgers

11 06 2017

Britain’s tabloid press is by turns rude, cruel, and funny. To politicians, it is often all three. As voters in the UK went to the polls on June 8, the newsstands offered strong support for Theresa May – and a picture of Jeremy Corbyn in a dustbin. Read the rest of this entry »