Disinformation in Libya: A Legal Perspective – Noura Abughris

2 07 2020

While the world grapples with a global pandemic, an equally dangerous disease in the form of an ‘infodemic’ has been quietly unfolding at an accelerated speed across the globe. The World Health Organisation defines an ‘infodemic’ as ‘excessive amount of information about a problem, which makes it difficult to identify a solution’. Read the rest of this entry »

HMCTS response to letter on open justice in the COVID-19 emergency – Judith Townend

1 07 2020

The chief executive of HMCTS, Susan Acland-Hood, has responded to an open letter from NGOs and academics raising concerns about the provision of open justice measures during the COVID-19 emergency period. Read the rest of this entry »

Journalists believe news and opinion are separate, but readers can’t tell the difference – Kevin M. Lerner

30 06 2020

The New York Times opinion editor James Bennet resigned recently after the paper published a controversial opinion essay by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton that advocated using the military to put down protests. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 29 June 2020

29 06 2020

The Attorney General’s office has been monitoring media coverage of the suspected terror attack in Reading over contempt of court concerns as it issued a warning over requirements under the Contempt of Court Act 1981. It is a contempt to publish any information that could create a substantial risk that the course of justice in proceedings could be seriously impeded or prejudiced. Read the rest of this entry »

Social media helps reveal people’s racist views: so why don’t tech firms do more to stop hate speech? – Imran Awan

28 06 2020

Twitter has finally permanently removed right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins from its platform for violating its “hateful conduct” policy. Many would ask why it took so long for Twitter to ban someone with such a long record of offensive comments. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Sube v News Group, Court sets very high bar for harassment by press publication – Thomas Otter

27 06 2020

In Sube & Anor v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Anor (Rev 1) [2020] EWHC 1125 (QB) the High Court emphatically rejected a claim for harassment against media organisations.  The case highlights the difficulties faced by claimants in harassment proceedings against media organisations, as it must be found that the conduct by the media organisation constituted a conscious or negligent abuse of media freedom. This will, unsurprisingly, be difficult to prove in most cases. Read the rest of this entry »

Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

26 06 2020

Columbia Global Freedom of Expression seeks to contribute to the development of an integrated and progressive jurisprudence and understanding on freedom of expression and information around the world.  It maintains an extensive database of international case law. This is its newsletter dealing with recent developments  in the field. Read the rest of this entry »

Fake news, Covid-19 and digital literacy: Do what the experts do – Gianfranco Polizzi

25 06 2020

Recent political elections and campaigns on the one hand, and the current Covid-19 crisis on the other, have signalled that the general public, both in the UK and beyond, needs digital literacy to navigate the complex information environment in which we live. Read the rest of this entry »

Monthly International Round Up – Suneet Sharma

24 06 2020

This is the sixth instalment in a regular new series from Inforrm highlighting press and case reports of new media and information cases from around the world.  It is intended to complement our United States: Monthly Round Up posts.  Please let us know if there are other cases and jurisdictions which we should be covering. Read the rest of this entry »

IPSO: 296 days to correct a factual inaccuracy, effective press regulation? – FCReportingWatch

23 06 2020

296 days ago, on 27 August 2019, the Daily Express published an inaccurate article in the print edition of their paper. On 18 June 2020 they have published a correction because the regulator IPSO required this. For those who are interested, we saved the original Express article here. Read the rest of this entry »