Court Reporting: President of Family Division issues new guidance on reporting the Family Courts

31 10 2019

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued new Guidance as to “Reporting in the Family Courts” [pdf].  The guidance has been issued to assist the court, the parties and the media in circumstances where a reporter attending court may wish to apply to vary reporting restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: SOJ v JAO, Injunction granted in sexually transmitted infection blackmail case – Tom Double

31 10 2019

Often it can be difficult to predict with any certainty whether a Court will grant interim injunctive relief.  But that is not always the case. Read the rest of this entry »





Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

30 10 2019

Columbia Global Freedom of Expression seeks to contribute to the development of an integrated and progressive jurisprudence and understanding on freedom of expression and information around the world.  It maintains an extensive database of international case law. This is its newsletter dealing with recent developments  in the field. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Stunt v Associated Newspapers, Data Protection reference to CJEU withdrawn

30 10 2019

On 29 October 2019 the Court of Appeal (Etherton MR, Sharp P and McFarlane P) made an order withdrawing the reference to the CJEU in the case of Stunt v Associated Newspapers ([2018] EWCA Civ 1780) . Read the rest of this entry »





Compound liability following data breaches: Equifax two years on – Suneet Sharma

29 10 2019

In September 2017 Equifax suffered a data breach exposing the personal data of over 147 million people. Hackers utilised a website application vulnerability to access the personal data of customers. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 28 October 2019

28 10 2019

The phone hacking saga continues with Byline Investigates reporting that Sienna Miller and Sir Simon Hughes have launched claims against the Sun.  The family of the late Sir Bobby Robson have also issued similar claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalists must not allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous politicians – Steven Barnett

27 10 2019

Here are three questions that anyone interested in the health of UK democracy should be asking. Should reputable political journalists allow themselves to be exploited as conduits for the unfiltered messages of political leaders? Where does accurate reporting end and uncritical stenography begin? Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit: democracy needs journalists to be transparent about their political sources – Meera Selva and Richard Fletcher

26 10 2019

If the UK is heading for a general election, or a second Brexit referendum, journalists had better brace themselves – not just for the long hours on the campaign trail but for all the blame and vitriol that is likely to be heaped on their heads. Read the rest of this entry »





Meghan and the Car Park: Anatomy of a Royal News “Story” – Brian Cathcart

25 10 2019

On 12 April this year the front page headline of the Sun was ‘NOT IN MEG BACK YARD’. The report began: ‘Prince Harry and Meghan have infuriated Royal Household staff at Windsor by banning them from using a car park — because it overlooks their new home.Read the rest of this entry »





British journalists have become part of Johnson’s fake news machine – Peter Oborne

24 10 2019

It’s chilling. From the Mail, The Times to the BBC and ITN, everyone is peddling Downing Street’s lies and smears. They’re turning their readers into dupes. “Number 10 probes Remain MPs’ ‘foreign collusion’.” This huge banner headline dominated the front page of The Mail on Sunday on 29 September. Read the rest of this entry »