Phone Hacking, So they think it’s all over – Julian Petley

24 07 2014

Phone Hacking VerdictsEntirely predictably, the verdicts in the hacking trial were taken by most British papers as confirmation that the whole three-year process from the Leveson Inquiry to Scotland Yard’s Operation Weeting to the trial itself had been both a colossal waste of public funds and a draconian threat to press freedom. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Axel Springer AG v Germany (No.2), The Politics of Article 10 – Alexia Bedat

23 07 2014

Was-verdient-er-wirklich-beim-Gas-Pip-2-The Fifth Section of the European Court of Human Rights forcefully reiterated the importance of freedom of expression in the political sphere in the case of Axel Springer AG v Germany (No.2) ([2014] ECHR 745)(French only). The Court held that the German courts had erred in finding that an article commenting on the circumstances in which the former Federal Chancellor of Germany had put an end to his term in office had overstepped the limits of journalistic freedom. Read the rest of this entry »





The Perils of “Revenge Porn”, Part 2 – Alex Cochrane

22 07 2014

end-revenge-porn-031013In October 2013, I wrote about the recent emergence of revenge porn. This is the increasingly common problem faced by individuals, usually women, on the break-up of a relationship during which they had shared intimate photographs or videos of themselves with their former lover (consensually) and which are then published online (without their consent) in an act of revenge. 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 »





Case Law: SRJ v Persons Unknown, Company loses bid to identify blog author – Media Lawyer

20 07 2014

AnonymityIn the case of SRJ v Persons Unknown ([2014] EWHC 2293 (QB)) a Government contractor has failed in a bid to persuade a judge to order a firm of solicitors to give it the identity of one of its clients who is alleged to have published confidential information in internet blogs. Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media Offences: About the Crime, Not the Medium – Jessica Mason

19 07 2014

gpp-headshot-1-1-150x150The House of Lords Communications Committee has been hearing oral evidence in its inquiry into social media offences. The inquiry, while not exclusively focused on “revenge porn,” takes place amidst a surge in media coverage on revenge porn in the UK, spurred by MP Maria Miller’s statements in the House of Commons and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s promise that the government is looking into the issue. Read the rest of this entry »





The Rich Kids of Snapchat – Jessica Lovell and Ellis Schindler

18 07 2014

Rich KidsWith the current obsession with television shows following the lives of the privileged and wealthy, it is somewhat unsurprising that Social Media groups which offer a sneak peak at the opulent lifestyles of the young and rich have gone viral. Perhaps the best known such group is “Rich Kids on Snapchat”. Read the rest of this entry »








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