Australia: Welcome to the new (old) moralism: how the media’s coverage of the Barnaby Joyce affair harks back to the 1950s – Denis Muller

17 02 2018

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The Barnaby Joyce saga has given a great boost to what might be called “shake-the-tree” journalism: you shake the tree by running a sensational story and see what falls out.  The Daily Telegraph’s original public-interest case for publishing the first story of Joyce’s relationship with ex-staffer Vikki Campion was weak when weighed against the privacy intrusions on Joyce, his estranged wife, his daughters, and Campion. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: Arthurs v NGN, no reasonable expectation of privacy in father’s criminal convictions – Ciaran O’Shiel and Charlotte Turk

15 02 2018

In the case of Arthurs v News Group Newspapers Ltd ([2017] NICA 70) the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal upheld a decision to reject the Plaintiff’s application for interim relief based on claims for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: GYH v Persons Unknown, Transgender Escort wins right to harassment damages – Media Lawyer

9 02 2018

In the case of GYH v Persons Unknown ([2018] EWHC 121 (QB)) a transgender woman who works as an escort has won the right to a damages payout – if she can trace her anonymous online abuser. The claimant, identified only as GYH, was granted an injunction in December to protect her privacy after being subjected to a “campaign of harassment”. Read the rest of this entry »





Vlogger Chrissy Chambers secures damages in revenge porn settlement – Iain Wilson

21 01 2018

In a widely-reported settlement, the American vlogger Chrissy Chambers has recovered damages from her former British boyfriend – anonymised in the High Court proceedings as “DCR”. Read the rest of this entry »





Landmark revenge porn cases are a stark warning for perpetrators and social media companies – Alan Reid

19 01 2018
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A recent brace of revenge porn civil cases in the UK – which in one instance led to the complainant agreeing to a settlement deal with Facebook and, separately, a YouTube star winning substantial damages – have put on notice potential perpetrators and social media sites. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law: Overview of Defamation, Privacy and other Media Cases in 2017 [updated]

29 12 2017

In 2017 the media courts heard more defamation trials and privacy injunctions than in either of the previous two years. The claimants succeeded in 60% of the defamation trials and in 62% of the injunction applications. Last year also saw an increased number of appeal judgments in media law cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: LJY v Persons Unknown: Celebrity blackmail victim obtains injunction restraining publication of allegation of serious criminality – Max Campbell

19 12 2017

In LJY v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3230 (QB), Mr Justice Warby granted an interim injunction restraining unknown defendants from publishing serious allegations of criminality against a celebrity, anonymised in the proceedings as ‘LJY’. Read the rest of this entry »