How African governments use advertising as a weapon against media freedom – George Ogola

23 04 2017

National governments remain the single largest source of revenue for news organisations in Africa. In Rwanda, for example, a staggering 85-90% of advertising revenue comes from the public sector. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Press accuracy and the election: what IPSO won’t do – Brian Cathcart

22 04 2017

Here are five things that IPSO, the chosen regulator of the corporate press, could do right now, before election campaigning gets under way: Read the rest of this entry »





Blame MacKenzie, blame Murdoch: but don’t blame the subs – Simon McEnnis

21 04 2017

Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended as a Sun columnist for an opinion piece in which he referred to Everton footballer Ross Barkley – who has a Nigerian grandfather – as a “gorilla”. MacKenzie also used the column to imply that the only wealthy people in Liverpool – other than footballers – are drug dealers. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Brevan Howard v Reuters, Injunction granted against news agency in breach of confidentiality claim – Edmund Roper

21 04 2017

In Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP v Reuters Limited and others, [2017] EWHC 644 (QB) Popplewell J granted an application for an interim non-disclosure order preventing the publication or use by a news agency of information contained in documents supplied by Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP (“BHAM”) to 36 potential professional investors. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Flood v Times Newspapers, CFA appeals dismissed, future of the scheme left open – Aidan Wills

20 04 2017

On 11 April 2017 the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed three appeals brought by media organisations challenging the article 10 ECHR compliance of the recovery of additional liabilities (CFA success fees and ATE insurance premiums) from defendants in ‘publication cases.’ ([2017] UKSC 33). Read the rest of this entry »





Government “Call for Views” on GDPR Derogations – Closing date 10 May 2017

19 04 2017

The Data Protection Team at the Culture Media and Sport Department is seeking the views of stakeholders on the derogations in the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Spain’s freedom of speech repression is no joke – Federico López-Terra

17 04 2017

For the most part, social media users in democracies are free to express their opinions online. In Spain, however, that’s not the case. The Conversation

Cassandra Vera, a 21-year-old student from the city of Murcia in the south-east of Spain, has been sentenced to a year in prison, and disqualified from public functions for seven years, after making jokes on Twitter that “glorified terrorism”. Read the rest of this entry »