Law Commission: A sensible proposal for online recording of reporting restrictions – Judith Townend

18 04 2014

Law Commission reforming the lawAmid concerns over proposed changes to the Contempt of Act 1981, through the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which would introduce new statutory powers for the removal of online material*, it seems worth highlighting some separate recommendations on contempt and court reporting, published in late March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 14 April 2014

14 04 2014

Weekly Round Up 2The Phone Hacking Trial completed its twenty first week. The week began with Mr Justice Saunders explaining that Clive Goodman was still not well enough to attend and that the Court would hear Stuart Kuttner’s case next. 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 »





Case Law: JC v Central Criminal Court, Anonymity protection for under age defendants expires when they are 18 – Rosalind English

10 04 2014

male-female-silhouetteThe case of J & T v Central Criminal Court ([2014] EWHC 1041 (QB)) raised the question whether an order made under s. 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 prohibiting the identification of (among others) a defendant under the age of 18 years, can last indefinitely or whether it automatically expires when that person attains the age of 18 years. Sir Brian Leveson P, giving the judgment of the Court, said that this point: Read the rest of this entry »





Has the press done to Miller what the police did to Mitchell? – Simon Carne

9 04 2014

TelegraphIt is not that long ago that the press were pointing to Andrew Mitchell MP and asking: “If the police can do that to a government minister, what chance the rest of us.” I now find myself whether we should not just substitute “press” for “police” and “Maria Miller” for “Andrew Mitchell”. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 7 April 2014

7 04 2014

Law and Media UpdateThe Phone Hacking Trial completed its twentieth week with a further four and a half days of evidence.  The jury has not, however, resumed hearing the case of Clive Goodman who fell ill in the course of his cross-examination.  On Friday they were told that he was still too unwell to continue giving evidence. Read the rest of this entry »





Event: Media Power and Plurality conference, 2 May 2014

2 04 2014

insetPolicymakers throughout the world recognise the need to protect a diversity of voices and views in a democracy, but what does media plurality require in practice? How do you legislate to prevent undue concentration of media power? What interventions are needed to help new players flourish? How do you reconcile sustainable media businesses and a sufficiency of voices? How should policy approaches differ at national, regional and local level? Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 31 March 2014

31 03 2014

Law and MediaThe Phone Hacking Trial completed its nineteenth week of hearings. Former News of the World Royal Editor, Clive Goodman was temporarily unable to continue with his evidence for health reasons. The Court did not hear evidence on Monday 24 March 2014 (Day 75). Read the rest of this entry »





Three Global Challenges to the Media – Benedetta Brevini

29 03 2014

MediaSince the emergence of human rights and civil liberties discourses there has been a widespread consensus about the role of the media to foster democracy. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia swims against the tide of democratic media reform – Benedetta Brevini

27 03 2014

Malcolm TurnbullThat media ownership rules have been progressively relaxed in many democracies is certainly not news. But that Australia, with one of the most concentrated media markets in the world, is thinking of further deregulation is astonishing.

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