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And you thought that the Johnny Depp and Amanda Heard relationship was toxic … why the press needs a superhero (just not Captain Jack Sparrow) – Peter Coe

In deciding what to write about for this post I was not short of topics and material. I could have talked about how the Court of Justice of the European Union has, in one fell swoop, caused a headache of Captain Jack Sparrow-hangover proportions (more on him in a moment) for many businesses around Europe by invalidating the EU-US Privacy Shield. Continue reading

Misinformation: tech companies are removing ‘harmful’ coronavirus content, but who decides what that means? – Stephanie Alice Baker, Matthew Wade, Michael James Walsh

The “infodemic” of misinformation about coronavirus has made it difficult to distinguish accurate information from false and misleading advice. The major technology companies have responded to this challenge by taking the unprecedented move of working together to combat misinformation about COVID-19. Continue reading

Australia: Media reporting on mental illness, violence and crime needs to change – Anna Ross, Elizabeth Paton, Michelle Blanchard

The media is a key source of information about mental illness for the public, and research shows media coverage can influence public attitudes and perceptions of mental ill-health. But when it comes to complex mental illnesses such as psychosis and schizophrenia, media coverage tends to emphasise negative aspects, often choosing to focus on portrayals of violence, unpredictability and danger to others. Continue reading

Case Law: Newman v Southampton City Council; Child, Mother, journalist, Whose rights win out? – Michael White

The High Court handed down judgment on Friday in Newman v Southampton City Council & Ors [2020] EWHC 2103 (Fam), the first recorded judgment concerning journalistic access to the court file in public law family proceedings. The case is likely to be of interest to media lawyers generally, and throws up potential complications surrounding the scope and extent of the privacy rights of children vis-à-vis their parents. Continue reading

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