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Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 8, Editor: BBC could have faced criticism for not reporting investigation – Media Lawyer

The BBC might have faced criticism if it had not reported that Sir Cliff Richard was the subject of a police investigation, an editor has told a High Court judge.  Gary Smith told Mr Justice Mann that the BBC could have been accused of not reporting a matter of high public interest because the singer was a high-profile figure. Continue reading

Case Law: Begg v BBC, Imam fails in “extremist speaker” libel claim – Aidan Wills

shakeel_begThe BBC has successfully defended a libel claim brought by the Chief Imam of Lewisham Islamic Centre in relation to comments made by Andrew Neill during a live interview in November 2013. In Shakeel Begg v BBC ([2016] EWHC 2688 (QB)), Haddon-Cave J held that allegations that the claimant is an extremist speaker who has promoted jihad are substantially true. Continue reading

Does Theresa May really want an independent BBC? The jury’s out – Steven Barnett

rona-fairheadThere are two ways of looking at Theresa May’s decision to reverse Rona Fairhead’s appointment as BBC chair, thereby effectively dismissing her. The first is benign, reflecting a genuine impatience with David Cameron’s decision to allow Fairhead to move across from the BBC Trust to the new Unitary Board, which will come into effect early next year. Continue reading

UN and OSCE Watchdogs urged to address media freedom in the UK

ParliamentARTICLE 19 and concerned experts and academics have urged Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (“the Representative”), and David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (“the UN Special Rapporteur”), to address the state of media freedom in the UK, in particular to address attempts to undermine the independence of the BBC, the public service broadcaster, and to ensure the independence of the press in relation to self-regulation.  Continue reading

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