Facebook’s Community Standards: Severed heads are okay, but nipples are bad (unless accompanied by a baby) – Gideon Benaim and Jon Oakley

6 08 2014

news-reputation2_jpgFor the first time in history, unfiltered publication is possible from almost anywhere.  Amongst many other things, this means that graphic images can be shared from areas all around the world where acts of extreme violence are being committed Read the rest of this entry »





A future with social media: Wild West or Utopia? You have a stake in the outcome – Gideon Benaim

14 05 2014

Social MediaIn late March 2014 the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee said that stronger action must be taken to protect children from online bullying and pornography, and warned that internet firms “may face prosecution for failing to show commitment to safeguarding youngsters”. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Naomi Campbell wins “Elephant Polo” libel claim against the Telegraph

31 01 2013

Naomi CampbellNaomi Campbell has won her defamation action against The Daily Telegraph newspaper. The Telegraph had alleged in articles in November 2012 that Ms Campbell planned to organise an elephant polo tournament for her partner’s birthday celebrations in India and was therefore promoting animal cruelty. However, there were never any such plans – Ms Campbell had neither organised nor requested the organisation of any elephant polo tournament. Read the rest of this entry »





Payments for private information and the regulation of journalism – Gideon Benaim

4 10 2012

In a recent post I expressed the view that there was “something particularly wrong and distasteful about kiss-and-tells.” I explained that I was referring to situations in which money was paid to someone for a story about something private which is only of interest to the tabloid because it relates to a well-known person. .  The journalist and researcher Judith Townend commented on my post, asking “how should financial transactions of private information be managed in a new system of regulation?”   This is my response. Read the rest of this entry »





How should privacy injunctions be reported? – Judith Townend

10 09 2012

The recommended procedure and law around privacy injunctions “isn’t quite fit for purpose” according to Gideon Benaim, a partner at Michael Simkins LLP (formerly of Schillings), in an article published, in the Guardian (and reposted on Inforrm).   I would like to respond with a couple of questions/points. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy protection: have the courts been led astray? – Gideon Benaim

9 09 2012

It’s about time someone stopped pussyfooting around and told it like it is. So here goes: the courts have been led down the garden path when it comes to protecting privacy, and for various reasons people like me were frequently not able or keen to speak out, either because of client confidentiality or because of the respect which we undoubtedly had and have towards the courts and judiciary, and the tough decisions they have to make. Read the rest of this entry »





Announcement: Gideon Benaim joins Simkins

3 09 2012

It has been announced that the well-known media lawyer Gideon Benaim has joined the media and entertainment law firm Michael Simkins LLP as a partner.  Gideon Benaim is a media litigator specialising in reputation protection. He was formerly a partner at Schillings, which he left in June 2012. Read the rest of this entry »








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