“I’m a Celebrity, but don’t get my private information out of here!”, Part 1 – Jeremy Clarke-Williams and Nilly Tabatabai

13 12 2019

The Human Rights Act 1998. A perennial bugbear for the tabloid press, it is frequently depicted as the evil embodiment of the health and safety and ‘snowflake’ culture. It is also the prime symbol of unwanted interference by the EU in this country’s affairs. Read the rest of this entry »





How to spot fake news this election – Amy Binns

12 12 2019

The 2019 UK election campaign has been particularly dispiriting for anyone who cares about the truth. Even established parties have proven they are not above using tricks to manipulate the news. Meanwhile, politicians are quick to shout “fake news” about anything they disagree with, even accurate stories. Read the rest of this entry »





Monthly International Law and Media Round Up – Suneet Sharma

11 12 2019

This is the first instalment in a regular new series from Inforrm highlighting press and case reports of new media and information cases from around the world.  It is intended to complement our United States: Monthly Round Up posts.  Please let us know if there are other cases and jurisdictions which we should be covering. Read the rest of this entry »





We need a full public service internet: state-owned infrastructure is just the start – Christian Fuchs

10 12 2019

The UK Labour Party’s 2019 election manifesto contains plans to bring BT’s internet infrastructure business into public ownership by creating British Broadband and to roll out and provide superfast broadband free to all households and businesses. This would be funded via a digital tax on the profits of internet giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 9 December 2019 [Updated]

9 12 2019

On 6 December 2019, following a four-day defamation trial at a federal court in Los Angeles, a jury has found in favour of Elon Musk, ruling that he did not defame a British caver Vernon Unsworth, who helped in last year’s rescue of trapped Thai schoolboys by calling him a “pedo guy”. There was an INFORRM post on the case. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The case of the “pedo guy” tweet: Elon Musk is successful in his defence – Suneet Sharma

8 12 2019

On Friday 6 December 2019, a US District Court jury returned a verdict in favour of Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a $190 million libel case brought by British cave diver, Vernon Unsworth. Read the rest of this entry »





What you need to know about privacy policies – Suneet Sharma

8 12 2019

Sites you visit, applications you use and services you take all have privacy policies – but what are they and why are they important, despite many people just check boxing them? Read the rest of this entry »





Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

7 12 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 »





Australia’s proposed defamation law overhaul will expand media freedom: but at what cost? – Michael Douglas

7 12 2019

On 29 November 2019, Australia’s attorneys-general agreed on proposed amendments to the provisions which underpin Australian defamation laws. This means Australian governments have a plan for how to change defamation law. Read the rest of this entry »





Grace Millane’s trial exposes a dark trend in media coverage of violence against women – Daisy Richards

6 12 2019

The murder of Grace Millane in 2018 seized front pages of media outlets worldwide, with article after article fixated on details of her personal history. Read the rest of this entry »