Book Review: Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (eds Hugh Tomlinson QC & Guy Vassall- Adams) – Christina Michalos

15 11 2017

Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide pretty much does what it says on the tin cover. It is a new book written collectively by media law practitioners at Matrix Chambers dealing with, surprisingly enough, claims arising out of internet publication. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: Harassment by online publication – Aidan Wills

8 11 2017

Material is often published online to promote causes, further campaigns, air grievances and raise concerns about the conduct of others. When this is done responsibly it performs an invaluable public function. The availability of free-to-use platforms to express views and to engage in public debate is among the most important benefits of the internet in general and social media in particular. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: an Introduction – Guy Vassall-Adams QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC

20 10 2017

The Internet has brought about a global communications revolution. An individual who wishes to communicate with others no longer needs a printing press or a broadcasting operation. Instead information can be communicated worldwide with a few keystrokes. Words, sounds, pictures or videos can, potentially, be communicated to the nearly 48% of the world’s population – 3.2 billion people – who are now estimated to use the internet (see ITU figures). Read the rest of this entry »





When can publishing newspaper articles amount to harassment? – Keith Mathieson

1 08 2017

The High Court has struck out part of a harassment claim against the publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail Online. Unless the Judge’s order is successfully appealed, the remaining harassment claim will proceed to trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Hourani v Thomson, Businessman awarded damages for ‘sophisticated campaign of harassment’ – David Hill

19 03 2017

In the case of Hourani v Thomson & Ors ([2017] EWHC 432 (QB)) a businessman who was the target of a “sustained, highly sophisticated, cynical and calculated” campaign was awarded £80,000 in damages for defamation and harassment following a 10 day trial in the High Court. Read the rest of this entry »





Australians believe statutory protections against offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin should stay – Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples

28 02 2017

racismWhile debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. The ConversationWe found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are opposed. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Harmful Communications and Digital Safety – Eoin O’Dell

6 10 2016

onlinesafety-300x236The Irish Law Reform Commission has published its long-awaited (pdf) a Report on Harmful Communications and Digital Safety(pdf). It contains 32 recommendations for reform, and includes a draft Harmful Communications and Digital Safety Bill to implement them. Read the rest of this entry »