Case Law, Strasbourg: Stichting Ostade Blade v Netherlands, The limits of the concept of “journalistic source” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

22 06 2014

516_thumbIn the case of Stichting Ostade Blade v Netherlands (App 8406/06, 27 May 2014) the Third Section of the Court of Human Rights held that an Article 10 application by a Dutch magazine arising out of a police raid was inadmissible.   Read the rest of this entry »

The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 3 – Julian Petley

8 05 2014

Snowden and GuardianThe third, and overarching theme in the press campaign against the Guardian and on behalf of the government is national security. Read the rest of this entry »

The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 2 – Julian Petley  

6 05 2014

Mail SnowdenThe first theme in the press campaign against the Guardian by and on behalf of the Government concerns pure and simple payback for the Guardian’s phone-hacking revelations and the resultant Leveson inquiry.

An early example occurs in a Mail article by Stephen Glover on 21 August 2013, headed ‘That Murky Arrest Troubles Me. But the Guardian’s in Murky Waters Where Those Who Love Their Country Should not Venture’. It concludes thus: Read the rest of this entry »

The State Journalism is in: Edward Snowden and the British Press, Part 1 – Julian Petley

3 05 2014

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is interviewedAt Prime Minister’s questions on 16 October 2013, the former Conservative Defence Secretary Liam Fox asked David Cameron: Read the rest of this entry »

Press regulation the IMPRESS way – Jonathan Heawood

29 03 2014

NewspapersI always wanted to be a journalist. I used to write up the news from our village on sheets of paper that my dad brought home from work. I thought that journalism was like the blues: all you need is a typewriter and the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Jagger coverage shows how papers ignore the Editors’ Code when it suits them – Brian Cathcart

19 03 2014

Jagger ScottThe Editors’ Code of Practice for journalists, which the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) is supposed to enforce, includes as Clause 5(1): ‘In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and publication handled sensitively.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Another Propaganda Exercise: How the World’s Top Editors Have Colluded in a British Press Deceit – Steven Barnett

17 03 2014

WAN-IFRAWhat a golden opportunity there was for the world’s newspaper editors to put the record straight on press regulation in Britain. Their industry umbrella group the World Association of Newspapers sent a delegation to the UK because, they said, they were concerned about “threats to press freedom”. Read the rest of this entry »

Newspapers exploit Lawrence case to recycle myths about whistleblowers – Brian Cathcart

16 03 2014

Daily MailWe could be forgiven for thinking it was a default procedure these days at the Daily Mail: when an editorial writer gets to the final few paragraphs about almost any subject, he or she strains to find a way to blame it all on Sir Brian Leveson. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: R (BSkyB) v The Commissioner of Police, Police bid to obtain journalistic material refused – Rosalind English

14 03 2014

Metropolitan PoliceOn 12 March 2014, the Supreme Court gave judgment in the case of R (on the application of BSkyB) v Commissioner of Police ([2014] UKSC 17). This was an appeal from a ruling by the Administrative Court that it was procedurally unfair, and therefore unlawful, for BSkyB to have had a disclosure order made against it without full access to the evidence on which the police’s case was based and the opportunity to comment on or challenge that evidence. Read the rest of this entry »

Lord Justice Laws, Miranda and the Democratic Justification for Expression – Jacob Rowbottom

24 02 2014

David Miranda 2The Divisional Court’s decision in the David Miranda case has provoked much controversy and debate about freedom of the press and national security issues. About halfway through his judgment, Laws LJ makes a number of comments about the justifications for freedom of expression and media freedom. Read the rest of this entry »


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