Hacked Off: Gatwick Drones and Cliff’s Law: privacy invasion without public interest justification

15 01 2019

The debate on whether a new law should be introduced, dubbed ‘Cliff’s Law’, has recently resurfaced.  This is in part due to the ‘Gatwick Drones’coverage over the Christmas period, when a couple was, in effect, wrongly accused on the front page of two national newspapers of being involved in criminal activity after they were arrested on suspicion of being responsible for the Gatwick airport drone disruption. Read the rest of this entry »





Drone hysteria and the serial privacy invaders of the British Press – Hugh Tomlinson QC

24 12 2018

The news last week was dominated by the “Gatwick drones” with the country’s second busiest airport being closed three times in three days and 140,000 passengers being stranded.  On Friday 21 December 2018 a local couple were arrestedfollowing a tip off“.  Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit, Leveson 2 and why 2019 could be the year for press reform – Brian Cathcart

14 12 2018

File 20181211 76956 1n0g1jm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1On no fewer than five occasions in the course of his inquiry into the press in 2011-12, Brian Leveson expressed to witnesses and the public a concern that his report might end up gathering dust on the second shelf of a professor of journalism’s bookcase – nothing more than historical evidence of wasted effort. Read the rest of this entry »






Bob the Builder: can IPSO fix it? – Paul Magrath

8 11 2018

The Transparency Project referred a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation after the Daily Mail refused to correct substantive inaccuracies in a headline and article about a family court judgment. Read the rest of this entry »





Sexual offences, domestic violence and women’s health: Developments from IPSO and the ASA – Demelza Hassani

31 10 2018

Two recent IPSO developments and one decision from the Advertising Standard Agency (“ASA”) demonstrate a trend towards more active challenging and regulation of the media in respect of issues relating to sexual offences, domestic violence and women’s health. Read the rest of this entry »