Comment: New approach to media cases at the Royal Courts of Justice a welcome development – Judith Townend

28 02 2018

In 2012 Mr Justice Tugendhat, ahead of his retirement in 2014, made a plea for more media specialist barristers and solicitors to consider a judicial role: “As the recruiting posters put it: Your country needs you.Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: NT1 v Google LLC (ICO intervening), The First “Right to be Forgotten” trial – Aidan Wills

27 02 2018

Today sees the start of the first High Court trial to address the application of the right to be forgotten (“RTBF”) as articulated by the CJEU in C‑131/12 Google Spain v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos & Mario Costeja González (“Google Spain”). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 26 February 2018

26 02 2018

The Home Affairs Select Committee heard evidence on anti-Muslim sentiments in the print media, a session which the print media wholly failed to report.  Inforrm had a piece by Brian Cathcart dealing with evidence of Sir Alan Moses of IPSO. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Ali v Channel 5, Can’t Pay? We’ll take it away (then you can make us pay) – Zoe McCallum

25 02 2018

In a judgment delivered on 22 February 2018 in the case of Ali v Channel 5 Broadcast ([2018] EWHC 298 (Ch)) Arnold J ordered Channel 5 to pay £20,000 in damages for misuse of private information to a couple, Shakir Ali and Shahida Aslam, who had fallen into rent arears. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Corbyn the Commie’ smear is all about tabloid press fear of regulation – Ivor Gaber

24 02 2018

Following Labour’s better than expected election result in 2017, right-wing press hostility to Corbyn briefly died down – only to suddenly flare up again in the last week with an almost nostalgic theme. Read the rest of this entry »






Media and Communications List User Group Meeting: 15 February 2018 – Paul Magrath

22 02 2018

The Queen’s Bench Division Media and Communications List User Group (MACLUG) met again on 15 February to discuss progress since its inaugural meeting on 7 November 2017 (see our earlier post Media Litigation: a new approach). Read the rest of this entry »





A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms – Mark Bunting

21 02 2018

Away from the Brexit spotlight, a quiet revolution is unfolding in UK digital policy. For years, the conventional wisdom was that the Internet couldn’t, and shouldn’t, be regulated. Now, with online platforms in the dock for everything from hate crime to the future of news, the Government is acting. Read the rest of this entry »





The new German social media law: a risk worth taking? An ‘extended look’ – Stefan Theil

20 02 2018

The German Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in sozialen Netzwerken (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz) (literally: Law on the improvement of law enforcement in social networks and known as ‘NetzDG’) has attracted much media attention, e.g. here and here, since fully entering into force on 1 January 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 19 February 2018

19 02 2018

This week saw a  series of press articles attacking the former FIA president Max Mosley over letters before action written by his solicitors to three newspaper groups asserting his rights under the Data Protection Act  in relation inaccurate and sensitive personal data.  Read the rest of this entry »