When Harry met his ancestors, on the way to the law courts: Volume II – Amber Melville-Brown

8 11 2019

When Harry Met his Ancestors – Volume I finished tantalizingly as we saw Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, following in the legal footsteps of her father-in-law, her sister-in-law, Queen Victoria ancestor to hubby Harry, and an anonymized non-royal, on her way to potential legal success in her privacy claim. Read the rest of this entry »

When Harry met his ancestors, on the way to the law courts: Volume I – Amber Melville-Brown

7 11 2019

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is suing the newspapers. And so is her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. As a couple, they are united it seems in a distaste for the British tabloid media, elements of which they accuse of carrying on a vindictive and bullying campaign against them. Read the rest of this entry »

Social media: anti-social, criminal but also tolerable – Amber Melville-Brown

16 10 2016

cps-1Where once news was obtained from the inky-print of hard copy newspapers and from cracking RP voices over the wireless, today social media is the voice that seems to shout the loudest. Read the rest of this entry »

Mirror, mirror on the wall; will this press arbitration scheme do any good at all? – Amber Melville-Brown

11 08 2016

Leveson ReportOnce upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was an investigation into press behaviour. Sir Brian Leveson heard from witnesses, tale upon tale of poor press conduct, and ultimately issued a plethora of sensible recommendations for press regulation with a view to ensure that the watchdog and bloodhound of society that is the press, could no longer savage the rights and reputations of the public. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s life yet in privacy injunctions – Amber Melville-Brown

25 03 2016

marmiteFleet Street reporters and lawyers recoiled this week at the unpleasant smell of the privacy injunction, released from years in mothballs. At the same time claimants and their lawyers were inhaling the sweet smell of springtime success in the guise of PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd. Read the rest of this entry »

Can our laws cope with online harassment, revenge porn and other internet nasties? – Amber Melville-Brown

25 09 2015

Online HarassmentEngland’s laws are slow to catch up with the proliferation of misdemeanours which occur online, says Amber Melville-Brown in piece originally published on the Spears website. Read the rest of this entry »

The toddler of press regulation hits the ‘terrible twos’ – Amber Melville-Brown

8 09 2015

Terrible TwosToday is the one year anniversary of IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. It was set up after the Leveson report found that under the self-regulation system, the press had for years, decades, been ‘marking its own homework’. Read the rest of this entry »

To pap or not to pap: Some advice on news pictures and privacy – Amber Melville-Brown

31 08 2015

prince_george_handoutA letter from the Queen means you’ve reached the ripe old age of 100. A letter from Kensington Palace may mean you’ve overstepped the mark snapping pictures of a royal prince. Read the rest of this entry »

A Picture of Grief and Shock Too Far – Amber Melville-Brown

28 08 2015

anchor-for-virginia-shootingYesterday I wrote a piece dealing with the privacy issues arising out of the Shoreham air disaster on this side of the Pond.  With eerie timing, on the same day, America unintentionally watched live on TV the murder of two journalists, shot dead by a disgruntled former colleague at ABC News. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Aniston, Friends or Online Foes? – Amber Melville-Brown

23 08 2014

Jennifer Aniston. She’s funny; she’s gorgeous; she’s smart; she’s successful. She looks like a real pal for a convivial chat over coffee, a great gal for a hilarious hoot over cocktails. The Friends star should be constantly out with friends in the real world. But instead, she is staying home alone to avoid cyber foes in the online world. Read the rest of this entry »