Legal bloggers reporting the family courts: a level playing field? – Lucy Reed

21 11 2017

In August THAT Muslim foster carer story hit the press (‘Christian child forced into foster care’, The Times, 28 August 2017). The Times journalist Andrew Norfolk, lauded for his expose of the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal, was the subject of trenchant criticism for what was widely perceived as anti-Islamic coverage of a case involving a white Christian child placed with (it was said) Muslim foster carers who did not speak English and who withheld a crucifix and spaghetti carbonara from the child. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 20 November 2017

20 11 2017

The libel claim brought Hope not Hate against Nigel Farage settled this week – ahead of a hearing to deal with “serious harm” and “defamatory tendency”.  Mr Farage gave a contractual undertaking not to publish any allegation that Hope not Hate pretends to be peaceful when it in fact uses violent and undemocratic means to achieve its ends.  Read the rest of this entry »





Report to the Law Commission of Ontario: Internet Intermediary Liability in Defamation – Proposals for Statutory Reform – Emily Laidlaw and Hilary Young

19 11 2017

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is in the midst of a project to reform defamation law in light of the internet age. As part of its work, we were commissioned to write a paper with recommendations for reform on the topic of intermediary liability and the meaning of publication in defamation law. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: A Collection of Articles Commemorating Zeran v. AOL the key decision on Section 230 immunity

18 11 2017

Two US academics, Eric Goldman and Jeff Kosseff, have put together an interesting collection of articles on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the pivotal decision in Zeran v AOL – which they describe as “internet law’s most important decision“. Read the rest of this entry »





Pulling at the Curtain, Social Media and Jury Trials – Paul Wragg

17 11 2017

Jeremy Wright QC MP, the Attorney General, has issued a call for evidence on the impact of social media on criminal trials.  “Our Contempt of Court laws are designed to prevent trial by media, however, are they able to protect against trials by social media?Read the rest of this entry »





Paradise and Prostitutes: Time for a Sectional Standards Test? – Adam Speker

16 11 2017

Is it defamatory to mistakenly call a Remainer a Brexiteer or a Brexiteer a Remainer? Surely not you would say and you would be right. After all, in 1907 it was not defamatory to describe a Free Trader as a Protectionist or a Protectionist as a Free Trader. But why would you be right? Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (eds Hugh Tomlinson QC & Guy Vassall- Adams) – Christina Michalos

15 11 2017

Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide pretty much does what it says on the tin cover. It is a new book written collectively by media law practitioners at Matrix Chambers dealing with, surprisingly enough, claims arising out of internet publication. Read the rest of this entry »