News: Privacy injunction claim against Channel 4 dismissed – Media Lawyer

22 06 2017

On 15 June 2017, a man who featured in a short sequence in a Channel 4 documentary about a grassroots movement to stop bailiffs evicting people from their homes failed in a bid to get a last-minute court order to block transmission of the programme. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Milne v Ell, Tweed Shire Mayor gets revenge threefold – Justin Castelan

21 06 2017

Property developer, William Robert Ell sued Tweed Shire Councillor, Katie Milne in defamation in 2014. He sued over a letter to the editor which Ms Milne had written about a contentious building development conducted by Mr Ell. While Mr Ell did not attend the trial, he won the case and was awarded damages of $15,000 plus costs. The decision was handed down on 7 March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Cliff Richard v the BBC: privacy rights and criminal investigations – Tom Rudkin

20 06 2017

The helicopter images broadcast as police raided Sir Cliff Richard’s home in Sunningdale were unquestionably one of the most controversial news segments of 2014.  The case highlights the issue of privacy rights in criminal investigations. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 19 June 2017 [Updated]

19 06 2017

The horrors of the Grenfell Tower fire dominated the media last week.  A number of issues were raised about the conduct of journalists pursuing stories about the tragedy. Read the rest of this entry »





News: German Court orders Google not to link to Lumen database showing takedown order

18 06 2017

A German Court has ordered Google not to link to the Lumen (formerly known as “Chilling Effects”) database after it had taken down defamatory content as a result of an earlier Court order. Read the rest of this entry »





The year in Australian media law – Peter Bartlett and Sam White

17 06 2017

Defamation law in urgent need of reform, mainstream media actions on the up, social media actions become a trend, suppression orders continue unabated, journalist shield laws appear to be working … Media lawyers Peter Bartlett and Sam White look at the past year Read the rest of this entry »





Don’t believe the pundits: it’s too soon to dismiss the power of the red tops – Angela Phillips

16 06 2017

In the aftermath of the UK elections, there has been much speculation that the power of the Tory supporting tabloids is on the wane, diminished by social media and a youth surge to the left. This would be a very sudden demise. After all, it was those very same tabloids that, just a year ago, were credited with pulling off their greatest political coup by convincing large numbers of their working-class readers to vote Brexit. Read the rest of this entry »