We need a new kind of press regulator for a new kind of press – Emma Jones

23 08 2016

NewspapersReaders are said to be resistant to it. The newspaper industry certainly doesn’t want it. Mad really, given that news is all about change. If only times hadn’t changed. Read the rest of this entry »





For all we know: Freedom of Speech, Radicalisation and the Prevent Duty – Paul Wragg

22 08 2016

cvr-PreventGuidanceSeptember marks three anniversaries: it is fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks, it is one year since the so-called ‘prevent’ duty became law, and it is seventy-two years since the University of Chicago Press published The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich August Hayek (The Collected Works of FA Hayek, vol 2, Bruce Caldwell, ed (University of Chicago Press, 2007)).  Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: When punitive media intrude on the courts’ role, can justice be served? – David Brown

20 08 2016

“In my opinion the publication of these egregious articles warrants the imposition of a sentence that takes account of Ms Wran’s continuing exposure to risk of custodial retribution, the unavoidable spectre of enduring damage to her reputation and an impeded recovery from her ongoing mental health and drug-related problems”. Read the rest of this entry »





Poppies, patriots and pro-Brexit propaganda: Revisiting the myths of Britain’s past – Julian Petley

18 08 2016

VerdunThis year marks the anniversary of the Battle of Verdun, which raged from 21 February to 18 December 1916. By the end of this terrible struggle, one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the First world war, some 143,000 German and 162,000 French soldiers had been killed. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the Police: Damages of £75,000 for disclosure of private information – Nick McAleenan

16 08 2016

Female SilhouetteThe Greater Manchester Police agreed, last week, to pay damages of £75,000 to a victim of domestic abuse whose private information had been wrongly disclosed by police officers. Read the rest of this entry »





Global journalism needs global ethics – Christopher Kremmer

13 08 2016

image-20160725-31202-v1xb03There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or turn to the nightly television news broadcast, or just check your phone right now, and it’s clear that things have changed. All news now has the potential to reach a global audience. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: C (A Child), Court of Appeal orders release of court judgment on Ellie Butler’s death – David Hart QC

12 08 2016

benbutler2106aThe case of C (A Child)  ([2016] EWCA Civ 798) is is the most recent in the long series of legal steps touching on the violent career of Ben Butler, recently convicted of the murder of his daughter, Ellie. Read the rest of this entry »








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