Case Law: Ferdinand v MGN – a “Kiss n’ Tell” public interest defence succeeds – Lorna Skinner

29 09 2011

Judgment was handed down today in the case of Ferdinand v Mirror Group Newspapers ([2011] EWHC 2454 (QB)).   In the first “misuse of private information” trial against a newspaper since Max Mosley in 2008, Mr Justice Nicol dismissed a claim brough by England footballer Rio Ferdinand against the “Sunday Mirror”. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Regulation: A Radical New Proposal – Part 1, Reform Options – Hugh Tomlinson QC

29 09 2011

As many commentators have pointed out, the British press is not subject to regulation in the ordinary sense.  It must, of course, operate within the civil and criminal law but the so-called system of “self-regulation” through the Press Complaints Commission is not “regulation” at all.  Those newspapers and magazines which participate have agreed a code of practice and set up a complaints system.  The system is one of mediation, not regulation. Read the rest of this entry »