Australia: The ugly truth: tech companies are tracking and misusing our data, and there’s little we can do – Suranga Seneviratne

30 11 2019

As survey results pile, it’s becoming clear Australians are sceptical about how their online data is tracked and used. But one question worth asking is: are our fears founded? The short answer is: yes. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Pryanishnikov v. Russia: Refusal to grant a licence for the reproduction of erotic material violated Article 10 – Argyro Chatzinikolaou

29 11 2019

In Pryanishnikov v Russia ([2019] ECHR 614), a case concerning the authorities’ refusal to grant the applicant a film reproduction license, the European Court of Human Rights found a violation of the right to freedom of expression, as the only reason advanced by the domestic courts for the refusal of the relevant license had been based on mere suspicions rather than findings of fact. Read the rest of this entry »





The internet’s founder now wants to ‘fix the web’, but his proposal misses the mark – Terry Flew

28 11 2019

On March 12, the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the internet’s founder Tim Berners-Lee said we needed to “fix the web”. The statement attracted considerable interest. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: A push to make social media companies liable in defamation is great for newspapers and lawyers, but not you – Michael Douglas

28 11 2019

At his Wednesday 20 November 2019 address to the National Press Club, Attorney-General Christian Porter said the federal government is pursuing “immediate” defamation law reform. The announcement seemed a bit odd, as defamation is a subject for state and territory governments to legislate on. A NSW-led law reform process has been ongoing for years. Read the rest of this entry »





Justice for Grace Millane: a new Commonwealth contempt framework? – Erica Henshilwood

27 11 2019

The New Zealand Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, has called for an international judicial contempt framework to be agreed between NZ, the UK, Australia and Canada in an effort to address the (in)effectiveness of reporting restrictions in criminal trials today. Read the rest of this entry »





UK election 2019: is Brexit dominating the media campaign? – David Deacon, David Smith and Dominic Wring

26 11 2019

Is the UK’s 2019 election a single-issue campaign centered on Brexit? Some newspapers clearly think so, with the Daily Mail and the Sun having already branded it the “Brexmas Election”. These declarations reflect a strong desire to see the Conservatives triumph and for Boris Johnson to enact his core promise to “Get Brexit Done”. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 25 November 2019 [Updated]

25 11 2019

The main political parties have now released their election manifestos. The Labour, Green and Lib Dem manifestos include commitments to implementation of the Leveson proposals and the holding of Leveson Part 2. Read the rest of this entry »





Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

24 11 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 »





Reporting the Family Courts: the President’s New Clothes – FC Reporting Watch

24 11 2019

This week has seen reports in the legal press of a speech in which the President of the Family Division,  Sir Andrew McFarlane, set out an idea for a research project about news reports containing accounts of how family courts have handled domestic abuse claims. See for example : Press attacks on family courts should be assessed – McFarlane by Monidipa Fouzder in The Gazette. Here we ask : But could it work? Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: The Government’s plans for a digital safety commissioner proceed apace – Eoin O’Dell

23 11 2019

In my earlier post on the demise of the UK’s current age-verification plans for online porn – and what that might mean for Ireland’s proposed Digital Safety Commissioner, I noted that long-standing Irish Government policy is to establish such a Commissioner, and that the current timetable is that it is intended to bring forward the necessary legislation before the end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »