Tech companies can distinguish between free speech and hate speech if they want to – David Glance

22 08 2017

File 20170818 30746 1so7kiwIn the wake of violence in the US town of Charlottesville, the tech industry has started removing access to some of their services from groups associated with the far-right and those espousing racial intolerance. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media, Summary Summer Round Up – 21 August 2017

21 08 2017

The legal term ended on Friday 31 July 2017 and over our summer break we will not be publishing regular “Law and Media Round Ups” again until the beginning of next term in October. We will, however, publish occasional “Summer Round Ups” drawing attention to some recent developments. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Is liking something on Facebook ‘protected political speech’? It depends – Melissa Castan

19 08 2017

File 20170814 28472 1ttey05Australians are often surprised to learn that their Constitution contains no right to free speech. Even the right to political speech, which is constitutionally implied, is increasingly complicated by new online platforms where people can express their views. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Singh v Weayou, £25,000 libel damages for malicious complaint to employer – Tom Double

18 08 2017

In Singh v Weayou [2017] EWHC 2102 (QB), the Claimant Keith Singh, a Night Services Coordinator at the Priory Hospital in Roehampton, sued the Defendant Joseph Weayou, a Health Care Assistant at the same hospital, for libel and malicious falsehood in respect of an email Mr Weayou had sent on 24 August 2015 to the HR Manager and a senior manager at the hospital. Read the rest of this entry »





The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions – Emma Goodman

17 08 2017

Fake news, its causes and what to do about are some of the key issues that we plan to address as part of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology that will be launched later this year. The Commission will examine the wider crisis in the quality and credibility of information in the digital age.  Read the rest of this entry »





Why journalists must report other journalists failures – Brian Cathcart

16 08 2017

Helen Lewis has published a piece mocking those who complain when events they consider important are not reported. She lists trivial mishaps – milk stolen from the fridge / the air conditioning isn’t working / a stubbed toe – and feigns outrage that the Murdoch press or the publicly-funded BBC refused to report them.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Mionis v Democratic Press SA, Businessman wins injunction to back libel case settlement – Media Lawyer

15 08 2017

In the case of Mionis v Democratic Press SA  ([2016] EWCA Civ 1194) a businessman and financier who settled a libel claim against a Greek language newspaper with a confidential deal under which the publication promised, among other things, not to publish anything which referred to him or his immediate family has won an injunction intended to enforce the agreement. Read the rest of this entry »