On 26 April 2021, Nicklin J heard the last day of the Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon trial.  The English Defence League founder (aka Tommy Robinson) is being sued by Jamal Hijazi, 17, who was filmed being attacked at his Huddersfield school in October 2018.

At the end of the four days trial, in her written closing argument, Catrin Evans QC, representing Jamal, called for “substantial damages” between £150,000 and £190,000 for the teenager if he wins the claim.  Addressing Robinson, the judge commend the way that he presented the case as a litigant in person. Judgment was reserved. The Press Gazette had a piece.

On 27 April 2021 the Court of Appeal heard the appeal in Riley v Sivier. The judgment under appeal is  [2021] EWHC 79 (QB).  Mike Sivier, a pro-Corbyn blogger launched an appeal against a defamation judgment in a claim brought against him by Jewish Countdown star Rachel Riley after he described her as a “serial abuser”.  Collins Rice J struck out Mr Sivier’s defence in January adding that Mr Sivier had “no prospect” of mounting a successful defence in a full libel trial, but the blogger is now arguing for a review of the decision and for the case to be reheard at the High Court, possibly by a jury. The Jewish Chronicle had a piece.

On 28 and 29 April 2021, the Supreme Court (Lord Reed, Lady Arden, Lords Sales, Leggatt and Burrows) heard the Google appeal against the Court of Appeal’s 2 October 2019 decision ([2019] EWCA Civ 1599). We had a post on Inforrm.  Mishcon de Reya Data Matters had a post “Google’s appeal in a landmark data protection case begins in the Supreme Court”.

Hold the Front Page published a comment on the Millett v Corbyn case by Sam Brookman.

The Irish Times has a piece “Russian billionaires file lawsuits over book on Putin’s rise“.

ASA published its Annual Report 2020 which highlights steps taken to make sure young and vulnerable people are protected from misleading, harmful or irresponsible ads.

As usual, updates on the Coronavirus guidance can be found on the Courts and Tribunal Judiciary.

Internet and Social Media

The Guardian had a piece “Sports bodies to boycott social media for bank holiday weekend over abuse”.

Sky News had a piece “Facebook warns of privacy policy hit to profits while Apple grapples with chip shortage”.

Reuters had a piece “Facebook to pay $5 mln to local journalists in newsletter push”.

Data Privacy and Data Protection

JD Supra had a piece on the European Commission’s work on the adequacy decision concerning the UK, which will be announced before the end of June 2021. This should make transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area (“EEA”) to the UK much more straightforward and will mean that there are no additional safeguards or documents for businesses to put in place to legitimise the flow of personal data to the UK. The most likely outcome is that the UK is granted an adequacy decision for four years, which is subject to ongoing review.

DLA Piper Privacy Matters had a post “European Commission publishes long-awaited draft Regulation on Artificial Intelligence”.

Europe Data Protection Digest had a post “Zuckerberg outlines e-commerce response to Apple’s privacy change”.


On 27 April the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner published a FOI response.

The New York Times had a piece “National Security Surveillance Plummeted Amid Pandemic and Russia Inquiry Fallout”.

Newspapers Journalism and Regulation

The Press Gazette had a piece “Reporter challenges coroner over four-minute inquest into hanging death of 12-year-old boy”.

IPSO has published a number of rulings and resolutions statements since our last Round Up:

New Cases

There were 36 new cases issued in the Media and Communications List between 26 and 30 April 2021:  33 data protection cases and 3  defamation cases.

Statements in Open Court

On 29 April 2021 there was a statement in open court [pdf] in the case of Al-Khair Foundation and another v Times Newspapers Limited before Johnson J.  There was a press release [pdf] by the claimant’s solicitors, Carter Ruck, and a report in Middle East Eye.

Last Week in the Courts

The trial in Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon concluded on 26 April 2021 before Nicklin J.  Judgment was reserved

On Tuesday 27 April 201 the Court of Appeal (Sharp P,  Henderson and Warby LJJ) heard the appeal in case of Riley v Sivier.   Judgment was reserved.

On 26 to 28 April 2021 Freedman J heard the trial in the slander case of MUSST Holdings Limited -v- Astra Asset Management UK Limited and another

On 28 and 29 April 2021 the Supreme Court heard the appeal in the case of Lloyd v GoogleJudgment was reserved.

On 28 April 2021 Nicklin will heard an application in the defamation case of Gwilliam v Freeman

Media Law in Other Jurisdictions


Concerns continue to grow in Armenia over a draft defamation law referred to the constitutional court after the country’s president refused to sign the “extremely problematic” legislation.

The draft law, which would triple the penalties for insult and defamation, was adopted by parliament on March 24. It increases the fine for insult from one million drams (1,800 US dollars) to three million drams (5,600 dollars) and for insult from two million drams (3,700 dollars to six million drams (11,200 dollars). The Institute for War and Peace Reporting had a piece.


ABC News had a piece “Ben Roberts-Smith allegedly threatened to sue his ex-wife over defamation case, court told”.

Lawyers for Shane Bazzi, a refugee activist being sued by Peter Dutton for defamation, say the case has serious implications for freedom of speech, and politicians should be more tolerant of criticism. The defence minister has made good on threats to sue social media users, seeking aggravated damages for alleged defamation by Bazzi over the criticism made on Twitter. The Guardian had a piece.


It is reported that a 51-year-old jobless woman, who claimed a bus driver had acted “like an a**hole” towards her and put her off his bus, has lost a defamation claim for €75,000 damages against Dublin Bus.

An industry group representing newspapers has called for the “urgent completion” of a Government review into Ireland’s defamation laws.  Newsbrands Ireland said the ongoing review of the Defamation Act was now six years overdue. Ireland’s restrictive defamation laws have long been criticised by the media, as constraining investigative journalism. The Irish Times had a piece.

The Irish Times had a piece: “Newspaper in defamation case asks court to allow it inspect Garda report”.


The Committee to Protect Journalists raised an alert for Myanmar’s military junta to immediately and unconditionally release all of the journalists detained since the country’s February 1 coup, and to stop using legal threats to harass and intimidate the media.

Northern Ireland

The BBC reports that TV presenter Dr Christian Jessen is in the “last chance saloon” over his bid to defend a libel action over an unfounded rumour about First Minister Arlene Foster, a judge has warned.

South Africa

In the case of Katz v Welz [2021] ZAWCHC 76  Mayosi AJ ordered that Noseweek Editor Martin Welz and his publishing company, Chaucer Publications, pay R330,000 in damages to attorney Leonard Katz for the publication of articles and a front cover alleging he was the “man who stole justice”.  There was a report in the Daily Maverick.

United States

USA today had a piece “Newsmax apologizes for airing false allegations against Dominion worker, who drops company from suit”.

Research and Resources

Next Week In the Courts

The trial in the case of MUSST Holdings Limited v Astra Asset Management UK Limited and another will continue before Freedman J on 4 May 2021.

Reserved Judgments

The following reserved judgments after a public hearing are outstanding:

Lloyd v Google, heard 28 and 29 April 2021 (UKSC)

Riley v Sivier, heard 27 April 2021 (Sharp P,  Henderson and Warby LJJ).

Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon, heard 21-23 and 26 April 2021 (Nicklin J)

Rondon v Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions UK Ltd,  heard April 2021 (Collins Rice J)

Kumlin v Jonsson, heard 24 and 25 March 2021 (Julian Knowles J).

Junejo v New Vision TV Limited, heard 24 and  25 March 2021 (Murray J)

Miller v College of Policing and another, heard 9 and 10 March 2021 (Sharp P,  Haddon-Cave and Simler LJJ)

Lachaux v Independent Print, heard  22 and 24 February and 1 March 2021 (Nicklin J)

Wright v McCormack, heard 16 and 18 February 2021 (Julian Knowles J)

Desporte v Bull, heard 9 February 2021 (Julian Knowles J)

Spicer v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, heard 1 to 5 February 2021 (Julian Knowles J).

Please let us know if there are other reserved judgments which we should be listing.

This Round Up was compiled by Nataly Tedone who is a media and entertainment paralegal.