Case Law: Sube v News Group Newspapers, Harassment claims against media publishers dismissed – Tim James-Matthews

27 05 2020

The case of Sube v News Group Newspapers is a rare claim for harassment brought against a media publisher – only the second such claim to have proceeded to trial in England and Wales. In a judgment handed down on 7 May 2020 ([2020] EWHC 1125 (QB)), Warby J dismissed the claims brought against News Group and Express Group. Read the rest of this entry »

Reporting on Dominic Cummings: Is this the best way to maintain public confidence? – Simon Carne

25 05 2020

On Saturday, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps led the daily Downing Street press conference with news of new transport infrastructure to help us in the current crisis and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 25 May 2020

25 05 2020

The short Easter legal term has ended on Friday 22 May 2020 and the Trinity term starts on Tuesday 2 June 2020. The Courts will continue to work remotely, and updates on the Coronavirus guidance can be found on the Courts and Tribunal Judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus: public confused and suspicious over government’s death toll information – Stephen Cushion, Maria Kyriakidou, Marina Morani, Nikki Soo

24 05 2020

The decision by the UK government to stop publishing the international comparative death rate in its daily briefings from May 12 attracted widespread criticism. Many people saw this as an attempt to cover up just how badly the UK has handled the pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

23 05 2020

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 »

Monthly International Round Up – Suneet Sharma

22 05 2020

This is the fifth 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 »

Case Law: PA Media Group v LB of Haringey, Journalists persuade Judge to change his mind and name criticised local authority – Lucy Reed

21 05 2020

We wrote about this case last week.  We said “watch this space” Now, we bring you part two… The judge has changed his mind after the intervention of two journalists : the Transparency Project’s Louise Tickle and Press Association journalist Brian Farmer. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: ATV ZRT v. Hungary: a missed opportunity to address Hungary’s oppressive Media Act – Nina de Puy Kamp

20 05 2020

Hungary’s Media Act 2010 (the Act) garnered much criticism for its chilling effects on free speech (UNOSCEEUHRW).  The Act establishes a media regulator (appointed by the ruling party) to inter alia prohibit and impose fines for ‘imbalanced coverage’ and restrict non-disclosure rights of journalistic sources. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: ZXC v Bloomberg LP, Court of Appeal upholds the privacy rights of suspects – Hugh Tomlinson QC

19 05 2020

In an important privacy judgment handed down on Friday 15 May 2020 in the case of ZXC v Bloomberg LP ([2020] EWCA 611) the Court of Appeal upheld Nicklin J’s finding that the publication of an article containing confidential information obtained from a UK law enforcement agency which was investigating a businessman was a misuse of private information. Read the rest of this entry »