Debate: Jeremy Corbyn, antisemitism and the British media – Simon Dawes

25 09 2018

If you’re having trouble keeping up with British political controversies and only vaguely familiar with the story of “Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s antisemitism crisis”, you’d be forgiven for thinking from occasionally glimpsed headlines and social media posts that the current leader of the UK opposition party was a “racist and antisemite”, that he had “waged war on the Jews” and that he “posed an existential threat to Jewish life”. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media: Summer Round Up – 24 September 2018

24 09 2018

Prior to the start of the Michaelmas legal term on 1 October 2018 we have collated some of the most significant developments over the previous two months. “Law and Media Round Ups” will commence as normal from next week. Read the rest of this entry »





What ‘High Quality Journalism’? A Response to the Cairncross Review’s Call for Evidence – Julian Petley

21 09 2018

The Cairncross Review Call for Evidence [pdf] states that the ‘review’s objective is to establish how far and by what means we can secure a sustainable future for high quality journalism, particularly for news’, asks respondents whether ‘the future of high-quality journalism in the UK is at risk – at national, regional and/or local levels’, and argues that ‘high quality journalism plays a critical role in our democratic system, in particular through holding power to account, and its independence must be safeguarded’. Read the rest of this entry »





The Muslim Foster Carer Case: the final chapter – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

19 09 2018

Last autumn we covered the so-called ‘muslim foster carer’ case, over a number of blog posts (you can find those posts here). Last week, just as we’d given up hope of ever finding out what happened to the little girl at the heart of the case, the judgment is out. Or, to be precise – Tower Hamlets have provided selected journalists with a copy of an authorised summary of the judgment. (We know at least one journalist who has been hammering on the door of every judge he can think of to try and get this flipping summary. Our own email to the judicial press office went unanswered). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media, Summary Summer Round Up – 17 September 2018

17 09 2018

The legal term ended on 31 July 2018 and over our summer break we have not published any “Law and Media Round Ups”.  Regular round ups will not begin until October but this “Summer Round Up” draws attention to developments over the past 7 weeks and some forthcoming cases. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Profit, not free speech, governs media companies’ decisions on controversy – Amanda Lotz

22 08 2018

For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business. The decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from commentator Alex Jones and his InfoWars platform follow this same pattern. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm is taking a Summer Break

6 08 2018

The 2017-2018 legal year in England and Wales ended last week. The Inforrm blog is now taking a summer break until the end of September. We thank all our readers and contributors who have supported us over the past year. Posting will continue over the summer but will not be as regular as usual.  Read the rest of this entry »