GDPR and journalism: the new regime – Greg Callus

5 06 2018

David Cameron was often derided as an “essay crisis” Prime Minister – the Oxford PPE undergraduate model of relying on good general knowledge and trusting your ability to pick up the details only as peril looms large. Read the rest of this entry »





Impress vs IPSO: A chasm, not a cigarette paper – Steven Barnett

30 10 2016

ipso-vs-impress-collage-e1477660796395-800x601In his blog last week the editor of the Press Gazette argued that there was “barely a cigarette paper’s worth of difference” between would-be press regulators IPSO and Impress.  If only. In truth, there is a chasm between the two which would take an essay to enumerate. Here are just four fundamental differences. Read the rest of this entry »





Keith Vaz, an outbreak of morality? Pull the other one – Brian Cathcart

9 09 2016

keith-vazPicture this. You are in the newsroom of a tabloid national paper and a reporter has just rushed up to the editor.

Reporter – ’Boss! I have shocking news. I have evidence that a senior backbencher has paid for sex!’ Read the rest of this entry »





Pictures, privacy and Facebook: Journalists should not assume children’s rights can be ignored – Isabella Piasecka

19 02 2016

isabelkNewspapers routinely lift material from Facebook and other social media, perhaps on the general assumption that photographs, for example, voluntarily uploaded, as opposed to snatched from behind a long lens, are fair game. But, to the extent that reflects the legal position, does it hold true for content accessed from children’s social media accounts? Should it? Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Mail has attacked the Human Rights Act whilst also seeking to shelter behind it – Brian Cathcart

7 06 2015

Mail Human RightsThe Daily Mail has been reassuring its readers that the delay in the repeal of the Human Rights Act (HRA) will not be indefinite and is just a matter of getting the detail right. “This is going to happen,” it quoted a government source as saying. “We will deliver it – but we are not going to be rushed.” Read the rest of this entry »





News: Prominent British Hindu wins £45,000 damages over Hindu priest’s defamatory emails – Hardeep Singh [Updated]

10 01 2015

Satish SharmaA prominent member of the British Hindu community has been awarded £45,000 in damages over two defamatory emails circulated by a Hindu priest. Read the rest of this entry »





Carter-Ruck: guardians of free speech: yes, really – Hardeep Singh

4 10 2014

carter-ruckFreelance journalist Hardeep Singh faced the fight of his life when he was personally sued by a Sikh holyman in what would become a cause celebre in the campaign for libel reform. He was thrown a lifeline in his free speech battle from what many journalists would see as an unlikely source. Read the rest of this entry »