Many thousands of people have complained to the so-called press regulator IPSO about Jeremy Clarkson’s revolting incitement to violent misogyny in the Sun newspaper. I can tell you now: IPSO will do nothing that might make the slightest difference. Continue reading
Inforrm reported on a large number of defamation cases from around the world in 2022. Following my widely read posts on 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 defamation cases, this is my personal selection of the most legally and factually interesting cases from England, Australia and Canada from the past year. Continue reading
From what feels like time immemorial the UK government has paraded its proposed online harms legislation under the banner of ‘What is Illegal Offline is Illegal Online’. As a description of what is now the Online Safety Bill, the slogan is ill-fitting. The Bill contains nothing that extends to online behaviour a criminal offence that was previously limited to offline. Continue reading
The Michaelmas Legal Term ends on Wednesday 21 December 2022. The Hilary Legal Term will begin on Wednesday 11 January 2023. Inforrm will be taking a winter break. Regular posting will resume with a Law and Media Round Up on Monday 9 January 2023.
In a time of falling trust in the news media, it is vital journalists do not engage in news-gathering methods that further harm their credibility. Thanks to the rise of social media, misinformation and disinformation are rampant. Trust in news matters, so we can tell fact from fiction. Without it, democracy suffers. Continue reading
On 16 October 2017, Daphne Galizia, Malta’s top investigative journalist, was assassinated when a car bomb planted under her seat exploded. Her work focused on corruption and organised crime, and she was facing more than 40 civil defamation lawsuits and five criminal defamation cases at the time of her death. Most of these were brought by Maltese government officials and businessmen. Continue reading