News: Royal Charter Press Recognition Panel to begin on 3 November 2014

31 10 2014

PressThe Press Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press, will come into existence as a legal entity on 3 November 2014 when the five initial members of the Board take up their appointments. 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 »





HMRC Leak Trial: “Money no object for the Sun”, court hears

31 10 2014

sun-getcccctyAn HMRC source paid over £17,000 for confidential information by a Sun journalist claimed to have received a full copy of the budget. The prosecution told the jury that it was a “grubby relationship based on greed”.

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Blocking Injunctions and the Court’s unlimited jurisdiction to make orders – Hugh Tomlinson QC

30 10 2014

court-injunctionsThe recent “blocking injunction” decision of Mr Justice Arnold in Cartier International and Others v. BSkyB and others [2014] EWHC 3354 (Ch) has attracted considerable comment from intellectual property lawyers [1] but also contains a discussion of the Court’s jurisdiction to grant injunctions which is of general application and is potentially useful to media lawyers. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: RIPA, Phone Hacking and Press Double Standards

29 10 2014

PoliceThe press have come together to present a united front following revelations that police have been accessing journalists’ phone records under provisions in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). The unanimous condemnation is in stark contrast to the censorial press coverage of the phone hacking scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Strasbourg, Stankiewicz v. Poland, Responsible public interest journalism protected by Article 10 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

28 10 2014

Rzeczpospolita_9-06-2010_paliwa_5-40In the case of Stankiewicz and Others v. Poland [2014] ECHR 1061, the Fourth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 10 where the domestic courts had found that an article about a demand for a bribe by a public official had breached the official’s rights.  This was a public interest story in relation to which the applicants had complied with the tenets of responsible journalism. Read the rest of this entry »





Public Lecture: The UK Media and the Police, Roger Graef

27 10 2014

CachedImageRoger Graef, the renowned documentary film-maker, journalist and criminologist, will give the second in the series of Media & Public Policy talks at King’s College London on the evening of Monday 10 November 2014.
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