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Law and Media Round Up – 25 July 2022

On 20 July 2022, the Government published its Response to the Call for Evidence on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation [pdf]. The Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab claimed that this sets out a series of measures to prevent so-called SLAPPs. According to the Ministry of Justice, this includes a new tool for the courts to throw out meritless claims quicker and a cap on costs to prevent the rich from “bullying” journalists with the threat of expensive litigation. Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 11 July 2022

The Law Commission has published its final report (pdf) on reforming the criminal law as it relates to intimate image abuse. The taking and sharing of sexual images without consent violates the sexual autonomy and bodily privacy and can cause serious harm to victim-survivors. Existing intimate image abuse offences are not fit for purpose, and the lack of a comprehensive legal regime means many instances of abuse fall between a gap in the law. For example, upskirting is a criminal offence but downblousing is not; nor is sharing an intimate image that has been altered (aka “deepfakes”). Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 27 June 2022

Arron Banks has been granted permission to appeal against Steyn J’s decision in his unsuccessful libel action against journalist Carole Cadwalladr. On 24 June 2022, one of five grounds for permission to appeal was successful, related to the serious harm test post-publication of the Electoral Commission report that found no evidence of law breaking by Banks. Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 13 June 2022

On 9 June 2022, the trial of preliminary issues in the case of The Duke of Sussex v Associated Newspapers was held before Nicklin J. The Duke is suing the publishers of the Mail on Sunday over articles which he claims meant that he had “lied”, “improperly and cynically” tried to manipulate public opinion, and “tried to keep his legal fight with the Government secret from the public” over his security arrangements when he is in the UK. The Press Gazette has more information here. The Sunday Times, Independent and Evening Standard also covered the hearing. Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 6 June 2022

Johnny Depp has won his libel case against his ex-wife Amber Heard over her Washington Post Op-Ed in which she said that she was the victim of domestic abuse. Explaining why the outcome likely differs from the 2020 UK judgment against The Sun over similar allegations, Persephone Bridgman Baker, a partner at Carter-Ruck, points to the use of “more evidence in the US proceedings about Heard’s credibility, on which the judge in the UK placed little importance. While the judge in the UK proceedings decided Heard was a credible witness, that additional evidence may have swung a jury.” Continue reading

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