Round up of the Media Law Cases in the 2018-2019 legal year: Six libel and privacy trials – Nataly Tedone

11 09 2019

The legal year in England and Wales ended on 31 July 2019.  The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are now on vacation until Michaelmas Term begins on 1 October 2019. Our Table of Media Law cases records 57 judgments in media law cases this legal year. Read the rest of this entry »





Bad News: A Psychological ‘vaccine’ against fake news – Sander van der Linden and Jon Rozenbeek

7 09 2019

Journalists, politicians, academics, and governments all agree that the problem of news manipulation needs to be addressed, even if no one seems to be able to agree on what to call it. The terms ‘fake news’, ‘misinformation’, ‘disinformation’, and ‘propaganda’ are all used interchangeably. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Summer Round Up – 4 September 2019

4 09 2019

The Media and Communications List has become a Specialist List, with the significant implementation of Civil Procedure Rule 53 along with a new Practice Direction and Pre-Action Protocol. Read the rest of this entry »





Critics of South Africa’s judges are raising the temperature: legitimate, or dangerous? – Hugh Corder

31 08 2019

The South African judiciary is once more centre stage in the political drama unfolding around the battle for supremacy within the governing African National Congress (“ANC”). Read the rest of this entry »





New rules for media and communications claims – Iain Wilson and Elisabeth Mason

22 08 2019

From 1 October 2019 new rules – in the form of a revised Part 53, Media and Communication Claims, revised/new practice directions (PD 7A, 53A and 53B) and an all encompassing Pre-action Protocol – will apply to claims in England and Wales arising from media and communications disputes. Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting Family Courts: An example of why headlines matter – Lucy Reed

20 08 2019

We have seen a number of reports dealing with the sad story of a young father called Christopher Brown who took his own life by hanging. The reports follow a Coroner’s Inquest into the death and most have similar copy which suggest they are based upon a single syndicated news report. Read the rest of this entry »





The Telegraph’s Brexit poll is bogus, but broadcasters seem not to have noticed – Steve Barnett

15 08 2019

Opinion polls exude an aura of scientific truth. Those numbers and percentages are so reassuringly solid, especially when generated by one of the well-known names of the polling world, that for many people they represent hard evidence of the state of British public opinion. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC Panorama on anti-semitism: a catalogue of reporting failures – Media Reform Coalition

12 08 2019

The BBC transmitted an edition of Panorama on 10 July called ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’, presented by John Ware. It contained allegations that senior Labour figures close to Jeremy Corbyn had interfered with the internal investigations process and that the Party was insufficiently committed to tackling anti-semitism within its own ranks. Read the rest of this entry »





Practice Note: Media and Communications List becomes a Specialist List, new CPR 53, Practice Directions and Pre-Action Protocol

9 08 2019

In a major change to the media litigation landscape, wholly new version of CPR 53 and its Practice Directions have been published along with a new Pre-Action Protocol for all media and communication claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: Cape Intermediate Holdings v Dring, “A victory for open justice” – Devina Shah

6 08 2019

In a decision described as a “victory for open justice”, the Supreme Court has held that non-parties to litigation are entitled to access certain documents from a trial to which it was not a party. Read the rest of this entry »