Book: The Internet, Warts and All: Free Speech, Privacy and Truth – Paul Bernal

7 10 2018

My new book, the Internet, Warts and All was published in August. The subtitle – Free Speech, Privacy and Truth – gives and indication of its subject matter and scope: this is a wide-ranging, broad-brush book covering a great variety of different subjects, from some of the theoretical background to free speech, privacy and truth to specific subjects – there’s a chapter on surveillance, another on trolling, and one whose main subject is fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





New Book: Celebrity and Royal Privacy, the Media and the Law – Robin Callender-Smith

4 11 2015

670075_LMy introduction to media law – back in 1966 – was not auspicious. I was about to complete my full-year pre-entry course for journalists, the second one ever to be run at Harlow Technical College in Essex. Then there were no university degrees or diplomas in journalism or media studies. Before Harlow, the three-year trade apprenticeship training for journalists involved correspondence courses and night school classes in shorthand, local government and newspaper law. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Artist in banned memoir case applies for permission to appeal to Supreme Court

12 11 2014

AnonymousBindmans LLP have announced that an application for permission to appeal has been lodged with the Supreme Court by MLA, the performing artist whose autobiography has been injuncted worldwide following a widely criticised decision by the Court of Appeal. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: OPO v MLA, Shock and disbelief at the Court of Appeal – Dan Tench

13 10 2014

Book BanLast week’s Court of Appeal  decision in OPO v MLA ([2014] EWCA Civ 1277) week is the most bewildering judgment for many years. A man who had “obtained a high degree of distinction in his chosen career” had written a book which covered among other things his childhood sexual abuse at school.  Read the rest of this entry »





New Book: “Big Media and Internet Titans: Media Ownership – the Democratic Challenge” edited by Granville Williams

6 06 2014

bigmediacoverThe central argument in a new book, Big Media and Internet Titans is that media pluralism must be put back on the political agenda.  The book has been published by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

“We identify key policy issues,” said the book’s editor, Granville Williams, “and argue that  governments need to recognise that unless there are clear rules and limits on media ownership, democracy suffers. The Leveson Inquiry demonstrated this unequivocally.” Read the rest of this entry »