Law and Media Round Up – 30 April 2012

30 04 2012

It was the week the newspaper proprietors came to Leveson. Predictably, Murdochs Snr and Jnr dominated the media coverage, but John Ryley (head of news, Sky News) Aidan Barclay (Telegraph Media Group) and Evgeny Lebedev (Lebedev Holdings Ltd) also supplied plenty of fresh material for the Leveson correspondents. Natalie Peck reported for Inforrm here. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “Rupert Murdoch and ‘the damn lawyers’” – Martin Moore

30 04 2012

I should have gone there and thrown all the damn lawyers out of the place(Rupert Murdoch, Leveson Inquiry, Thursday 26th April 2012, p.68)

Amongst the many people and organisations Rupert Murdoch lambasted during his two days in the stand at the Leveson Inquiry this week, lawyers and law firms were particularly prominent. Read the rest of this entry »

Malaysia: Journalist ordered to pay £100,000 damages in Twitter Libel Case

29 04 2012

On 27 April 2012, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur entered judgment for a total of  MYR500,000 (£101,000)  in a defamation claim brought by Mohamad Salim against the well known journalist, R. Nadeswaran (pictured) over two posting on Twitter.  This is believed to be the first Twitter defamation claim in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Leveson Inquiry, Week 17 – The Murdochs … and other proprietors – Natalie Peck

29 04 2012

This week the Leveson Inquiry resumed after a two week break, with a long-awaited appearance by News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son James. Lord Justice Leveson heard from the Barclay and Lebedev families in a week of evidence bridging modules two and three of the inquiry. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Harassment by football matchday programme: the hearing in Levi v Bates

28 04 2012

The controversial Leeds United Chairman, Ken Bates, was the defendant in a remarkable  harassment claim heard last week in the Leeds County Court by Judge Mark Gosnell.  The was claim brought by a Yorkshire businessman, Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole Levi against Mr Bates.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Supreme Court of Canada: internet defamation, choice of law and libel tourism – Antonin I Pribetic

28 04 2012

This post is the second of a two-part series of posts on the recent Canadian conflict of laws trilogy in Club Resorts Ltd. v. Van Breda, 2012 SCC  17 (“Van Breda”); Éditions Écosociété Inc. v. Banro Corp., 2012 SCC 18 (“Banro”) and Breeden v. Black, 2012 SCC 19. (“Black”) for Internet defamation, choice of law/forum shopping and libel tourism.  In an earlier post (on the Trial Warrior Blog) I discussed the the Van Breda decision and its implications to Canadian conflict of laws generally.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sir Stephen Sedley proposes statutory media regulation

27 04 2012

The Leveson Inquiry has invited evidence and submissions from the public as well as from the Core participants.  Although not reported widely in the media, last October the recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal, Sir Stephen Sedley, made his own submission to the Leveson Inquiry. This is available on the Leveson Inquiry website [pdf].  In this submission, Sir Stephen proposes his own model of statutory regulation of the media. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “Rupert Murdoch’s influence: the wink stops here” – Brian Cathcart

27 04 2012

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Rupert Murdoch’s critics, watching him testify, were no doubt thinking: “The devious old bastard. He forgets so selectively and he dissembles so artfully.” And what were Murdoch’s many admirers thinking? Almost certainly the same thing.

You have to assume that his admirers don’t put their faith or money on the Rupert in plain view. Not only is he old (and age was an issue here, not least because it entitled him to gentler treatment), but at times he appeared genuinely muddled. (Did James Callaghan ever fight an election? Who won the 1992 election?). Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law Australia: Forrest v Chlanda, Estate Agent wins libel damages – Justin Castelan

26 04 2012

The plaintiff was a real estate agent in Alice Springs, operating under the name First National Real Estate Framptons. He was also the Southern regional representative of the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory. The self-represented defendants were the publishers of the Alice Spring News. The first defendant being the director and journalist who wrote the article in question and appeared at the trial. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: R (London Christian Radio) v Radio Advertising Clearance Centre, Ban on Christian advertising was lawful – Rosalind English

26 04 2012

In the case of R (London Christian Radio Ltd and Anor) v Radio Advertising Clearance Centre ([2012] EWHC  1043 (Admin)) the High Court has upheld the refusal of the broadcasting regulator to clear an advertisement for transmission on the grounds that it offended the prohibition on political advertising. Read the rest of this entry »


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