Canada: Appeal Court Orders Vice Media to Produce Source Communications to Police – Paul Schabas, Iris Fischer and Ravi Amarnath

30 03 2017

In April 2016, we reported that an Ontario court had upheld a police production order requiring Vice Media Canada Inc. (“Vice”) to produce communications between reporter Ben Makuch and Farah Shirdon, a Canadian believed to be fighting for ISIS. Read the rest of this entry »





The “Journalism Exemption” in the Data Protection Act: Part 2, Some Practicalities – Hugh Tomlinson QC

29 03 2017

In Part 1 of this post I argued that the mandatory conditions for the application of the “journalism exemption” in section 32 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the DPA”) are strict and required careful case by case consideration.  In this post I will consider some practical consequences of this analysis. Read the rest of this entry »





Libel Litigation: Jackson, Fixed Costs and Case Management – Mathilde Groppo

28 03 2017

The heavy costs burden of defamation proceedings has long been recognised. In 2010, Lord Justice Jackson’s Review of Civil Litigation Costs noted that “in the paradigm libel case the claimant is an individual of modest means and the defendant is a well-resourced media organisation”. Read the rest of this entry »





The “Journalism Exemption” in the Data Protection Act: Part 1, The Law – Hugh Tomlinson QC

28 03 2017

In recent years there has been a new focus by media lawyers on the operation of the “statutory privacy” provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the DPA”).  The Leveson Report and the resulting ICO publication “Data Protection and Journalism: a guide for the media” (“the ICO Guide”) has reminded us that the media must comply with the provisions of the act. Most importantly, the Court of Appeal’s “deletion” of section 13(2) (see our post here) has meant that general damages for distress are now available in DPA claims without proof of financial loss. Read the rest of this entry »






Law and Media Round Up – 27 March 2017

27 03 2017

The murderous terror attack in Westminster this week raised difficult question about journalistic ethics, with a number of newspapers being criticised for publishing pictures of the dead and injured which, it was suggested, were ‘too intrusive.’ Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm Blog – (Belated) Seventh Birthday Greetings

26 03 2017

A loyal reader has pointed out that the Inforrm Blog missed its own seventh birthday, on 22 January 2017.  Well, as we get older birthdays become less important … However, we will take this opportunity to remind readers that we have now been publishing for 7 years (2 months and 4 days). Read the rest of this entry »