Media and Law Cases: 2020 Hilary Term Preview

26 01 2020

The Hilary Legal Term in England and Wales began last week, on Monday 13 January 2020.  It will end on Wednesday 8 April 2020. This post deals with the media law cases listed for this term and cases in which decisions are awaited. Read the rest of this entry »

Telegraph’s new tactic: will offering a Fitbit be enough to attract new readers? – Mary Williams

25 01 2020

The news that UK printed newspapers are continuing to lose circulation comes as no surprise, extending – as it does – a trend that has been gathering pace for two decades after digital media began to cannibalise print sales. Read the rest of this entry »

ICO signals its intentions on cyber security: large companies need to lead by example – Ashley Hurst and Nina Lazic

25 01 2020

The ICO has issued DSG Retail Limited, the owner of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores, with a sizeable fine under pre-GDPR legislation. The ICO’s decision is a must-read for all organisations (and particularly for large, nationwide, retailers), with the ICO setting out its expectations as to the “appropriate technical and organisational” measures which companies must take to protect personal data. Read the rest of this entry »

United States: Media and Law Round Up – January 2020

24 01 2020

In the Indiana Commercial Court a jury had awarded a doctor $4.75m following her claims that she was wrongly accused of having alcohol on her breath while on duty. Dr Rebecca Denman was awarded the sum following a defamation lawsuit against St. Vincent Carmel Hospital and St. Vincent Carmel Medical Group Inc. The Indiana Business Journal reports as does the Indiana Lawyer. Read the rest of this entry »

Mail on Sunday’s Meghan Markle Defence: A Study in Poverty, Part 2 – Paul Wragg

23 01 2020

The public interest defence advanced by Associated Newspapers Limited (“ANL”) comes in three different flavours, none more satisfying than the previous ones. Read the rest of this entry »

Mail on Sunday’s Meghan Markle Defence: A Study in Poverty, Part 1 – Paul Wragg

22 01 2020

Having read through the Defence which was recently filed by Associated Newspapers Ltd (“ANL”) in the case brought by Meghan Markle I was surprised to see it describe aspects of the Duchess of Sussex’s claim as ‘confused and incoherent’ (para 17) and other parts as ‘irrelevant’. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm – Happy Tenth Birthday

22 01 2020

Today is the tenth birthday of the Inforrm blog – which began operation on 22 January 2010.   Our first post – “Welcome to Inforrm” – attracted 2 visitors in January 2010 and the site had a total of 7 page views that month. Read the rest of this entry »

After the licence fee: The case for a Universal Media Levy – Tom Chivers

21 01 2020

One month on from the UK’s 2019 general election and it is clear that the BBC is hurtling towards an existential crisis. On top of widespread accusations of news bias and editorial failure, the government is now considering whether to decriminalise non-payment of the television Licence Fee, the public broadcaster’s main source of income. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 20 January 2020

20 01 2020

The media hysteria surrounding the Royal Family continues to dominate the news agenda.  Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger suggests that”There’s a reason why the royals are demonised. But you won’t read all about it“. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm Reaches Five Million Page Views

19 01 2020

The total number of Inforrm page views has today reached 5 million – almost 10 years after our launch.  During that period we have had 4,940 posts from a large number of authors from all over the world covering a huge range of media and legal topics. Read the rest of this entry »