Press companies ask Supreme Court to ensure only millionaires can sue them – Brian Cathcart

30 01 2017

Press on SaleSometimes, even after all these years of press lies and hypocrisy, the shamelessness of the big British newspaper companies can still take the breath away. Last week lawyers for the Murdoch, Mirror and Mail papers complained to the Supreme Court that costs in some media cases amounted to a ‘legal casino’ in which the bills could be so high that there was a ‘chilling effect’ on journalism. As a result, they argued, freedom of expression was endangered. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun’s celebrity threesome injunction: The triumph of power over the law – Jonathan Coad

23 04 2016

NewspapersOne of the least reliable places to learn about media law is from the media because of its obvious partisan perspective. There are exceptions such as the BBC, ITN, Sky News and other broadcast outlets. Read the rest of this entry »





Paul Dacre on Leveson and the Press, a “victim” speaks – Brian Cathcart

31 10 2014

Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre Gives Evidence At The Leveson InquiryPaul Dacre has made a speech at a NewstrAid charity event. The full text is available here. It shows the editor of the Daily Mail ambitiously playing the victim card, painting a picture of newspapers desperately holding aloft the tattered flag of liberty while being persecuted in every possible way by an intolerant, authoritarian state. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd – “Mother knows best…” – Kirsten Sjøvoll

2 07 2013

FatherOn 20 May 2013, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in AAA v Associated Newspapers ([2013] EWCA Civ 554). It held that the Claimant, a child, did not have her rights under Article 8 breached by an article in the Daily Mail which speculated that her father was Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The Judgment raises interesting questions as to the extent to which the behaviour of a child’s parent affects the former’s expectation of privacy. Read the rest of this entry »