IBC Media Law Summer School – 27 to 29 August 2014, 50% for discount for Inforrm Readers

20 08 2014

Downing_College,_Cambridge_-_Chapel_(1)IBC Legal has organised the inaugural Media Law Summer School at Downing College, Cambridge.  This is a three day residential school, with separately bookable days, providing a thorough review of the key legal issues relevant to the media industry, with practical sessions, workshops, case studies and lectures to be presented by industry leaders.  There is a special discount of 50% available to Inforrm readers, details of which are set out below. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media, Summary Summer Round Up – 11 August 2014

11 08 2014

Summer Round Up 2 As mentioned last week, over the summer we will not be publishing our regular Law and Media Round Ups.  We will, however, publish occasional summary summer round ups to draw the attention of readers to interesting news stories, events and cases.  This is the first one. Read the rest of this entry »





The Context of Caryatid, Part 1: Miskiw, Mahmood and the Met – The Regular Contributor

7 08 2014

Greg MiskiwIn January 2004, a journalist from the News of the World (NOTW) was interviewed by MET police on suspected criminality resulting from Operation Motorman. It was GREG MISKIW. Read the rest of this entry »





Other Dark Arts at the News of the World: The “Fake Sheikh” Investigated by Police Just Before the Phone Hacking Operation – Joe Public

5 08 2014

fakesheikh-390x285Scotland Yard investigated Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood 9 years ago – in 2005 just four months before they initiated a phone hacking investigation into his newspaper. Like Operation Caryatid, there isn’t a trace of a follow up or outcome despite the evidence that triggered the investigation being accepted in two courts. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: PNM v Times Newspapers, Open justice and reporting information about a suspect – Hugh Tomlinson QC

5 08 2014

Central Criminal CourtThe Court of Appeal has dismissed the claimant’s appeal in the case of PNM v Times Newspapers ([2014] EWCA Civ 1132) holding that, on the basis of the “open justice principle”, information mentioned in open court concerning a person who was arrested but not charged could be reported.  Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Wikileaks and the Not-So-Super Injunction – Jason Bosland

4 08 2014

Supreme Court VictoriaThe publication by Wikileaks of a Victorian Supreme Court suppression order has prompted a deluge of debate in the media about the state of open justice in Victoria. There is no doubt that Victoria has a problem with suppression orders and that the circumstances of the making of the order in question – which prohibits the naming of a long list of high profile international public officials in connection with allegations of corruption – is of immense public concern. However, some balance and perspective, along with some basic accurate information regarding the suppression order at the centre of the controversy, must be injected into the debate. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 4 August 2014

4 08 2014

roundupThe Trinity Legal Term ended on 31 July 2014.  The Senior Courts will now be on “Vacation” until 1 October 2014 and there will be only a handful of urgent media cases heard by the courts. This is the last round up of the legal year before Inforrm takes its summer break until September. Read the rest of this entry »





Mandatory communications data retention lives on in the UK: or does it? – Graham Smith

1 08 2014

Computers and DataAt breakneck speed and amidst considerable controversy the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) became law in the UK on Thursday 17th July 2014, having been introduced as an emergency Bill on Monday 14 July 2014 Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 28 July 2014

28 07 2014

Round New 2On Monday 21 July 2014, the trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos collapsed after the judge had ruled that it was likely that the Sun’s well known ex-News of the World investigative reporter, the “Fake Sheikh”, Mazher Mahmood, had attempted to persuade a witness to change his evidence and had then lied about it under oath. The full text of the Judge’s ruling can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 21 July 2014

21 07 2014

Weekly Round UPOn 15 July 2014, Mr Justice Nicol handed down judgment assessing libel damages in the case of Kadir v Channel S ([2014] EWHC 2305 (QB)).  The claim concerned a broadcast in Bengali which alleged reasonable suspicions of fraud and an evasive response to those allegations to an estimated 3,500 viewers in the UK.  Damages were assessed  in the sum of £20,000 for each of the two claimants. Read the rest of this entry »








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