Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 6, Reporter denies forcing detective’s hand – Media Lawyer

20 04 2018

A BBC reporter has told a High Court judge that he did not force a senior detective into providing information about a raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 5, Sir Cliff “Faced Crisis Situation”, Reporter “Guessed the Singer’s Name” – Media Lawyer

19 04 2018

The fifth day of the trial of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC saw the conclusion of the claimant’s case and the first witness for the BBC. The Judge heard evidence from Sir Cliff’s solicitor and PR advisor and from the journalist who had broken the story. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Privacy Trial, Day 2, Sir Cliff’s Evidence – Media Lawyer

14 04 2018

The second day of the trial in the case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC took place yesterday before Mr Justice Mann.  Sir Cliff Richard has told the judge he felt “forever tainted” following BBC coverage of a police raid on his home.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Privacy trial arising out of reporting of “police raid” to begin 12 April 2018

10 04 2018

The trial of the privacy and data protection claims brought by Sir Cliff Richard against the BBC will begin on Thursday 12 April 2018 before Mr Justice Mann. The trial is listed for 10 days.  The trial will deal with a number of new and important issues concerning privacy and the reporting of police investigations. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Sinkova v Ukraine, Conviction for performance art war memorial protest did not violate Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

22 03 2018

The European Court’s Fourth Section has held, by four votes to three, that a protestor’s conviction, including a suspended three-year prison sentence, for frying eggs over the flame of a war memorial, did not violate the protestor’s freedom of expression. The judgment in Sinkova v. Ukraine prompted a notable dissent, which highlighted “inconsistency” with the Court’s prior case law, and a disregard for the principle that criminal penalties are likely to have a “chilling effect on satirical forms of expression relating to topical issues.” Read the rest of this entry »





Silencing the President: the Free Speech implications of censoring hateful political speech online – Paul Wragg

17 03 2018

Something incredible is happening in modern politics.  The shackles of propriety, diplomacy, and discretion have been released.  Politicians are speaking their minds.  This has not resulted, as so many commentators tell us it has, in statesmen ‘telling it like it is’.  Instead, political debate is awash with vacuous, bewildering, abrasive guff. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Butkevich v Russia, Journalistic newsgathering during demonstrations – Dirk Voorhoof and Daniel Simons

9 03 2018

In a case about a Ukrainian journalist being arrested during an anti-globalisation protest in Russia, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Butkevich v. Russia (13 February 2018) has clarified that the gathering of information is an essential preparatory step in journalism and an inherent, protected part of press freedom. Read the rest of this entry »