Law and Media Round Up – 15 April 2019

15 04 2019

This week finally saw the publication of the long awaited White Paper on Online Harms.  We had a post about the launch. It attracted generally positive responses across various media  – although no one was wholly convinced by the proposals. Read the rest of this entry »





Do we really own our digital possessions? – Rebecca Mardon

14 04 2019

File 20190405 180052 1xszr3j.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Microsoft has announced that it will close the books category of its digital store. While other software and apps will still be available via the virtual shop front, and on purchasers’ consoles and devices, the closure of the eBook store takes with it customers’ eBook libraries. Read the rest of this entry »





The Online Harms White Paper: its approach to disinformation, and the challenges of regulation – Emma Goodman

13 04 2019

A new Online Harms White Paper, published jointly by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and the Home Office, calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harm. Read the rest of this entry »





Discover Leveson: new online resource offers researchers convenient access to historic inquiry evidence – Paul Magrath

12 04 2019

A comprehensive and interactive online research resource, containing all the evidence and publications of the Leveson Inquiry into press misconduct (2011-12) has been developed and hosted by Kingston University under the leadership of its Professor of Journalism, Brian Cathcart. Read the rest of this entry »





Supreme Court considers social media defamation: context is everything – Iain Wilson

11 04 2019

Some practitioners were surprised that Stocker v Stocker [2019] UKSC 17 reached the country’s highest court.  The appeal concerned the meaning (or imputation) of words in a libel action. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition: Media Manifesto 2019

10 04 2019

The Media Reform Coalition (“MRC”) has pulled together extensive academic research and a number of briefing reports produced by, and in consultation with, a broad range of experts and stakeholders to produce its latest Media Manifesto. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Government Publishes White Paper on “Online Harms”, proposes “duty of care” and independent regulation

9 04 2019

On 8 April 2019 the UK Government published its long awaited “Online Harms White Paper” [pdf].  This aims to reduce the diffusion of harmful content on the internet. The White Paper was launched at the British Library with a speech by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The Executive Summary can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 8 April 2019

8 04 2019

On 3 April 2019 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the libel appeal of Stocker v Stocker ([2019] UKSC 17).  The Judge’s determination on meaning was reversed and judgment was entered for the defendant. Read the rest of this entry »





Zuckerberg’s ‘new rules’ for the internet must move from words to actions – Andrew Quodling

7 04 2019

After years of rejecting calls for increased regulatory oversight of Facebook, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now called for more cooperation with government in dealing with problems posed by internet platforms and emergent internet technologies. Read the rest of this entry »





Christchurch attacks provide a new ethics lesson for professional media – Denis Muller

6 04 2019

File 20190319 28505 2sy5jp.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Two basic rules of media ethics apply to the coverage of terrorism: avoid giving unnecessary oxygen to the terrorist, and avoid unnecessarily violating standards of public decency. Read the rest of this entry »