Case Law: Economou v de Freitas, Is it interesting? New judgment considers the scope of the ‘public interest’ defence – Oliver Lock

28 09 2016

EconomouThe case of Economou v de Freitas ([2016] EWHC 1853 (QB)) was the first case to substantively consider in detail the new “public interest” defence since the Defamation Act 2013 came into force, clarifying that the Court will place a great deal of weight on whether the Defendant “reasonably believed” the publication was in the public interest and not just on whether it was a general matter of public interest. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Internet defamation and the liability of intermediaries (Muwema v Facebook Part 1) – Eoin O’Dell

28 09 2016

uganda-facebook-ireland-300x284The liability of internet intermediaries for defamatory posts on their platforms was central to the decision of Binchy J in Muwema v Facebook Ireland Ltd [2016] IEHC 519 (23 August 2016). A Ugandan lawyer objected to allegedly defamatory posts on a pseudonymous Facebook account, and Binchy J gave an order requiring Facebook to identify the account-holder. Read the rest of this entry »





News, Strasbourg: Grand Chamber hears Article 10 data protection case of Satamedia Oy v Finland

27 09 2016

satamediaOn 14 September 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held a hearing in the case of Satamedia Oy v  Finland. The judgment was reserved and is unlikely to be given for several months. Read the rest of this entry »





World Check Database: due diligence or blacklist? – Tamsin Allen

27 09 2016

world-checkOne day, your bank writes to you saying that you have fallen outside its risk appetite and your accounts are being closed. You ring the bank manager to ask why and he says there is nothing he can tell you. You try to open a bank account elsewhere and are told you can’t be accepted as a customer.  Read the rest of this entry »





Does Theresa May really want an independent BBC? The jury’s out – Steven Barnett

24 09 2016

rona-fairheadThere are two ways of looking at Theresa May’s decision to reverse Rona Fairhead’s appointment as BBC chair, thereby effectively dismissing her. The first is benign, reflecting a genuine impatience with David Cameron’s decision to allow Fairhead to move across from the BBC Trust to the new Unitary Board, which will come into effect early next year. Read the rest of this entry »





Mazher Mahmood Trial: Day 1, Prosecution opens case but defence queries police account – James Doleman

23 09 2016

jamesdoleman_dvdlpp9-jpg-600x600_q85After two days of legal argument on 21 September 2016 the prosecution opened their case against News International journalist Mazher Mahmood calling him “the master of deceit.”

Sarah Forshaw QC, the lead prosecution barrister, told the jury that the case stemmed from a 2013 investigation by Mahmood on behalf of the Sun on Sunday targeting singer and former X-Factor presenter Tulisa Contostavlos. Read the rest of this entry »





Press and Counter-Press: Can publishers avoid the financial consequences of their choice to be regulated by IPSO? – Simon Carne

21 09 2016

NewspapersIn a free society, a vital ingredient is a strong press – strong enough to speak truth to power. But when the press, itself, is a source of power, who is strong enough to speak truth back to them? Read the rest of this entry »