Brexit whispers: when eavesdropping on private conversations by a journalist is ethically justified – Dave Porter

17 02 2019

File 20190214 1721 194fe1x.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1When you are in a restaurant or a hotel bar the last thing you expect is for the private conversation you are having to be reported all over the media the next day. But that may well depend upon who you are and what you say. Read the rest of this entry »





Social media doesn’t need new regulations to make the internet safer: GDPR can do the job – Eerke Boiten

16 02 2019

From concerns about data sharing to the hosting of harmful content, every week seems to bring more clamour for new laws to regulate the technology giants and make the internet “safer”. But what if our existing data protection laws, at least in Europe, could achieve most of the job? Read the rest of this entry »





Cairncross review: two cheers and two fears for the future of UK journalism – Steven Barnett

15 02 2019

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When the then culture secretary, Matt Hancock, first announced a government review of the future of “high-quality” journalism, there was widespread scepticism about his motives. Having just surrendered to a powerful press lobby in abandoning the Leveson recommendations on self-regulation, was this government making an honest attempt to resolve the growing and serious problem of journalism’s broken business model? Read the rest of this entry »





Did Canada get “Section 230” Shoved Down its Throat in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement? – Hugh Stephens

15 02 2019

Last week in writing about the issue of SuperBowl ads, I referred to Annex 15-D of the new NAFTA, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA, or CUSMA as it is referred to in Canada) that will restore (once the Agreement is in force) the practice of substituting Canadian ads into the Superbowl broadcast even if Canadians are watching the game on a US channel redistributed in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Practice Update: Determination of Meaning before Defence – Kirsten Sjøvoll

14 02 2019

A series of recent decisions make it clear that, if meaning is an issue in dispute in a defamation action, there should ordinarily be a trial of meaning as a preliminary issue before the service of the defence. This is an important change in practice. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Recognition Panel: Annual Report on Recognition system – News publishers’ call for social media regulation could lead to state regulation of the press

13 02 2019

The Press Recognition Panel (PRP) has published its latest annual report on the UK’s system of independent press regulation [pdf]. The report states that there is currently one approved press regulator – IMPRESS – and that the recognition system does not currently cover all significant relevant publishers as some continue to resist joining the recognition system. Read the rest of this entry »