Cummings, #MediaWitchHunt and Trust – Colette Allen

4 06 2020

The momentum gathered by the #MediaWitchHunt following the revelation that senior government advisor and Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings broke the COVID-19 lockdown laws reveals an entrenched climate of mistrust in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 1 June 2020

1 06 2020

The Trinity Term will begin on Tuesday 2 June 2020 and will end on Friday 31 July 2020. As the Government continues to gradually ease the Covid-19 lockdown, the Courts continue to work remotely, and updates on the Coronavirus guidance can be found on the Courts and Tribunal Judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting on Dominic Cummings: Is this the best way to maintain public confidence? – Simon Carne

25 05 2020

On Saturday, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps led the daily Downing Street press conference with news of new transport infrastructure to help us in the current crisis and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 25 May 2020

25 05 2020

The short Easter legal term has ended on Friday 22 May 2020 and the Trinity term starts on Tuesday 2 June 2020. The Courts will continue to work remotely, and updates on the Coronavirus guidance can be found on the Courts and Tribunal Judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »





Coronavirus: public confused and suspicious over government’s death toll information – Stephen Cushion, Maria Kyriakidou, Marina Morani, Nikki Soo

24 05 2020

The decision by the UK government to stop publishing the international comparative death rate in its daily briefings from May 12 attracted widespread criticism. Many people saw this as an attempt to cover up just how badly the UK has handled the pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ZXC v Bloomberg LP, Court of Appeal upholds the privacy rights of suspects – Hugh Tomlinson QC

19 05 2020

In an important privacy judgment handed down on Friday 15 May 2020 in the case of ZXC v Bloomberg LP ([2020] EWCA 611) the Court of Appeal upheld Nicklin J’s finding that the publication of an article containing confidential information obtained from a UK law enforcement agency which was investigating a businessman was a misuse of private information. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 18 May 2020

18 05 2020

On 10 May 2020 the Prime Minister announced a plan for a gradual ease of the lock down and a new phase which will see more businesses reopening and people gradually returning to work. Read the rest of this entry »





Coronavirus: people want media to ramp up factchecking and question dubious claims – Stephen Cushion, Maria Kyriakidou, Marina Morani, Nikki Soo

14 05 2020

How well the media holds the UK government to account over its handling of the pandemic is a question that has been fiercely debated over recent weeks. Journalists have been attacked for asking difficult questions at press briefings, while broadcasters have been criticised for challenging government decisions. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Media and Law Round Up – May 2020

13 05 2020

The impact of the coronavirus continues to receive much coverage this month. Car manufacturer Tesla was ordered to keep its main California plant closed but has opened it anyway. Amidst the ongoing operations issues companies faced due to the virus, US unemployment figures have reached 14.7%. It is estimated that over 20.5m jobs were lost in the month of April. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 11 May 2020

11 05 2020

On 5 May 2020 Professor Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist who advised on the UK coronavirus lockdown, quit as a government adviser after the  Daily Telegraph exposed him flouting the rules by receiving visits from his lover at his home. Many on Twitter suggested it was an unwarranted breach of privacy. Read the rest of this entry »