Why Sir Cliff Richard’s case was rightly decided: Part 1: Reasonable expectation of privacy – Thomas Bennett

31 07 2018

In a recent post on Inforrm, my good friend Dr Paul Wragg sets out a detailed argument critiquing the High Court’s recent decision in Cliff Richard’s successful privacy claim against the BBC (Richard v BBC). Wragg takes the view that the reasoning of Mann J in the case is deficient in a number of respects, and that his disposal of the case is unsatisfactory. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 30 July 2018

30 07 2018

This is our last weekly round up of the legal year. The Trinity Legal term will end on Tuesday 31 July 2018.  The summer legal vacation will run for 2 months with the Michaelmas Term beginning on Monday 1 October 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Upholding celebrities’ privacy and problematising news media claims to freedom of expression: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC – Jelena Gligorijević

29 07 2018

Amidst considerable media attention, and the continuing attention of legal commentators, Sir Cliff Richard won his privacy case against the BBC for its coverage of a raid on his home during a police investigation of historic sex offence allegations against him, and its naming of him as the suspect. Mann J confirmed Sir Cliff’s strong privacy right in the circumstances, and criticised the national broadcaster’s over-zealous journalistic practices in running that story. Read the rest of this entry »





Canada: Reforming the Access to Information Act for better open government – Sabrina Wilkinson

28 07 2018

This August, the Government of Canada will kick off its fourth plan on open government. The introduction of this strategy will be a culmination of nearly a year of consultations as well the anniversary of Canada’s assumed seat on the Open Government Partnership (OGP) steering committee, “a global multilateral initiative [aimed at] securing solid commitments from governments to promote transparency” and other forms of better governance. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: A modern tragedy, Nine-Fairfax merger a disaster for quality media – Denis Muller

27 07 2018

File 20180726 106511 eurlv2.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1All deaths are sudden, even if long expected.  Appropriately enough, this is the opening sentence of a book called Journalism in a Culture of Grief. And if ever there was a time of grief for journalism in Australia, it is the announcement that Nine Entertainment is taking over Fairfax Media. Read the rest of this entry »






Statistics: Defamation claims in Ireland at an all time high, twenty times higher than the rate of claims in England and Wales

25 07 2018

The Annual Report of the Courts Service of Ireland [pdf] reveals that defamation claims are at an all time high, with 152 claims issued in the High Court and 135 claims issued in the Circuit Court, a total of 287. Read the rest of this entry »





YouGov Poll: Public backs Court’s decision in Cliff Richard Case, 86% favour investigation anonymity

24 07 2018

A YouGov opinion poll conducted on 19 and 20 July 2018 has shown overwhelming public support for pre-charge anonymity of suspects.  The results are startling: 86% of respondents support the anonymity of suspects under inviestgation and 83% support the anonymity of those arrested. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 23 July 2018

23 07 2018

Mr Justice Mann’s judgment in Sir Cliff Richard’s claim against the BBC ([2018] EWHC  1837 (Ch)) was the biggest media law story of the week (and, indeed, of the year so far). Read the rest of this entry »





Why Sir Cliff Richard’s case was wrongly decided – Paul Wragg

22 07 2018

There are three reasons why I think the case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC is wrongly decided.  Firstly, it seems to me that whilst a wrong has been done to Sir Cliff, this was committed by the police when it, or someone within it, disclosed information to the BBC that Sir Cliff was being investigated as part of Operation Yewtree (it must be stressed that the CPS announced on 16 June 2016 that no charges would be made against Sir Cliff and that, as was said in court, ‘he is an innocent man in the eyes of the law’). Read the rest of this entry »