Journalistic freedom, RIPA and misconduct in public office: lessons from Sally Murrer’s case – Gavin Millar QC

14 11 2014

Citizen-Header-July-52012In 2008 I defended a journalist called Sally Murrer at Kingston Crown Court. Sally worked for the Milton Keynes Citizen. The Thames Valley Police wanted to identify one of their officers as one of her sources. Read the rest of this entry »

The Culture Secretary, RIPA and Press Lapdogs – Evan Harris

12 11 2014

Sajid JavidCulture Secretary, Sajid Javid, went to the Society of Editors Conference to flatter and deceive.  And I was on hand yesterday to witness the sight of the fearless watchdogs of the British press lap it all up.  Read the rest of this entry »

Two years after the Leveson Inquiry, why are the UK government’s dealings with the media still shrouded in secrecy? – Justin Schlosberg

17 10 2014

David Cameron at Leveson inquirtyIn 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal unfolded, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a new era of transparency in the government’s dealings with the media. All meetings between senior government and media figures were to be recorded and published on a quarterly basis and a major public inquiry was launched – partly with a focus on the relationship between press and politicians. Read the rest of this entry »

The right be forgotten roadshow and the power of Google – Paul Bernal

21 09 2014

igooglemagesI read with interest Professor Luciano Floridi’s report from the first two legs of what the Guardian described as ‘Google’s privacy ethics tour of Europe’. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, and one of the experts appointed by Google to its ‘Advisory Council’ on the right to be forgotten. Read the rest of this entry »

A predictable act of political cowardice: the government’s response on Media Ownership – Steven Barnett

10 08 2014

MediaIf one week is a long time in politics, three years are an eternity. Remember those heady days in July 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal broke and unanimous condemnation from our political leaders’ reflected public revulsion? Read the rest of this entry »

A future with social media: Wild West or Utopia? You have a stake in the outcome – Gideon Benaim

14 05 2014

Social MediaIn late March 2014 the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee said that stronger action must be taken to protect children from online bullying and pornography, and warned that internet firms “may face prosecution for failing to show commitment to safeguarding youngsters”. Read the rest of this entry »

Maria Miller had to go. How will her replacement handle the big decisions? – Tom Chivers

12 04 2014

Sajid JavidMaria Miller did herself no favours in handling the row over her expenses with such contempt for an already soured public. I do not wish to add to the Himalayan mountain of comment about her ministerial conduct, however I believe it is worth following her widely demanded resignation through to its logical conclusion. There is, after all, a government department with a £1.1bn budget which has lost its chief. Read the rest of this entry »


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