Ireland: On World Press Freedom Day, the inevitable calls for reform of defamation law focus on the wrong issues – Eoin O’Dell

3 05 2016

wpfd2016Today is World Press Freedom Day. The UN/UNESCO Declarations on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media were adopted on 3 May 1991, at a seminar on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press, held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 29 April to 3 May 1991. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson Report showed only the tip of the iceberg on tabloid abuse of the press – Jonathan Coad

3 05 2016

image-20160427-30950-10ckm6The reminder that the Hillsborough inquiry gave us of the appalling role that The Sun played in the trauma and heartbreak of the families of the victims is a good moment to remember that it is (amongst other Fleet St Goliaths) The Sun that insists that it be permitted to regulate itself. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 2 May 2016

2 05 2016

Website-News-RoundupThe most important media law news story of last week was the decision of Mr Justice Mann allowing a number phone-hacking damages claims against The Sun to proceed. News Group Newspapers (NGN), which has already settled more than 1,000 phone hacking claims against the News of the World now faces a substantial number of claims against its daily title. Read the rest of this entry »





I link, he delists and they get entangled in! Re-mixing copyright, trade marks and data protection while waiting for the CJEU’s decision in GS Media – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

1 05 2016

drawing-1Some of you certainly remember the Google v Vuitton case decided by the CJEU some years ago now, in 2010, which was a case about trade mark infringement. (Sometimes it is useful to go back to the roots!) To make the story short, the case involved the use of keywords corresponding to trade marks in Google’s AdWords system. Read the rest of this entry »





Finally, the truth about Hillsborough (but you won’t read it on the front of The Sun) – John Jewell

30 04 2016

image-20160427-30950-14wvpmkAs Jared Ficklin wrote here, the verdicts returned at the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 completely vindicate the 27-year campaign for justice resolutely undertaken by the families of the 96 who died. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun, Rebekah Brooks and a Rampage of Unethical Conduct – Brian Cathcart

29 04 2016

New Sunday Sun tabloidThat was a bad week for the Sun. First the Hillsborough verdict removed the last shred of doubt that the paper’s infamous ‘The Truth’ front page report on the disaster was entirely untrue. Read the rest of this entry »





Stalking: why aren’t we doing enough to stop it? – Max Campbell

29 04 2016

harassmentFollowing reports about the seven year ordeal suffered by Lily Allen, stalking is back in the mainstream media.  Most people will be familiar with the term ‘stalking’.  Unfortunately, familiarity can breed contempt: many people, including, significantly, many Police Officers, still either fundamentally misunderstand what stalking is, or fail to appreciate how serious a problem it presents for our society.  As a result, many victims receive poor advice and little, if any, protection. Read the rest of this entry »








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