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 »





Online confessions: the veneer of anonymity – Rhory Robertson and James Hooper

17 07 2014

anonymous-internet-surfer-300x199We are all concerned, or at least we are told we ought to be, with the preservation of our online privacy and confidential information to be contrasted with a pervasive social need to confess intimate or embarrassing details about ourselves.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Scotland: A v BBC, Anonymity order compatible with Convention and common law – Rosalind English

19 05 2014

anonymity21The appeal in the case of A v BBC ([2014] UKSC 25) related to whether the Scottish Courts took the correct approach to prohibit the publication of a name or other matter in connection with court proceedings under section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, and whether the court’s discretion was properly exercised in this case.  The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the appeal by the BBC. 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 »





Anonymity and defamation – Dr David Rolph

22 02 2014

gazetteHow is an anonymous plaintiff compatible with the public vindication of damage to reputation? … And what is the nature of the evolving relationship between defamation and privacy? Media law academic Dr David Rolph reflects on two significant cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Swansea v XZ, reporting restriction order prevents identification of criminal defendant [Updated]

13 02 2014

male-female-silhouetteIn the case of Swansea v XZ ([2014] EWHC 212 (Fam)), which Moor J described as “wholly exceptional”, an order was made preventing the reporting the name of a defendant who had pleaded guilty in a criminal case (“the Mother”). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R v Marines A to E, Reporting restrictions at courts martial, the need for a structured approach – Simon McKay

12 01 2014

Royal-Marine-video-012Marines A & Ors v Guardian News & Media & Other Media [2013] EWCA Crim 2367.

On 15 September 2011 a patrol of Royal Marine Commandos were involved in an incident, which resulted in one of them, referred to as “Soldier A”, shooting dead an armed but seriously wounded Taliban fighter. Video evidence of the shooting emerged later and five members of the patrol were eventually charged with murder. Read the rest of this entry »








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