Law and Media Round Up – 25 April 2011

25 04 2011

In this regular feature we draw attention to the last week’s law and media news and next week’s upcoming events. If readers have any news or events which they would like to draw attention to please add them by way of comments on this post.


The weeks media and law news has been dominated by “privacy gag madness”.   The press have fulminated against privacy injunctions – without actually suggesting that any of them have been wrongly granted.  No public interest in the publication of stories about the sex lives of celebrities has been suggested.  Read the rest of this entry »

“Privacy Madness: rational debate disappears in a tide of self interest and obsession with sex” – Mark Thomson

25 04 2011

The British Press is prone to periodic bouts of uncontrollable rage.  It turns, from time to time, on a particular target and vents its fury.   When these episodes take place, all pretence of “balance” or “argument” is left behind.   Last week was the week of “privacy madness”.

The familiar rant against “amoral judges” and “shameless celebrities” has been spiced up with a touch of populist feminism:  those obtaining these injunctions and “gagging” the British press are, apparently, all “rich males”.   Although this particular social sub-group is not normally subject to unfavourable comment in the “Mail”, “Times” and “Telegraph” some of its members have committed the unforgivable sin of trying to cut the tabloids off from their essential sources of reader titillation. Read the rest of this entry »