News: Northern Ireland Court Orders Facebook to take down “Paedophile Watch” page

30 11 2012

FacebookThe Northern Ireland High Court has ordered Facebook to take down a page entitled “Keeping our kids safe from predators” on an application made by a convicted sex offender. The claimant, who was anonymised and known only as XY, was given a six year jail sentence for a child sex offence more than 20 years ago.  He claimed that material published on the page constituted  harassment, breach of privacy, and misuse of his private information. Read the rest of this entry »

Leveson Report: Analysis – Damian Tambini

30 11 2012

LevesonThe most radical proposal in the Leveson report is it’s response to the so-called  ‘Desmond Problem’ – namely that media owners such as Richard Desmond can decide simply to leave a voluntary system of self-regulation. It is Leveson’s proposal to solve this problem with legislation that has sent newspaper owners and the PCC into a tailspin, even though Leveson himself was absolutely clear that he was proposing independent regulation  rather than a ‘statutory regulator of the press’. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “Cameron has made his choice: more of the same” – Brian Cathcart

30 11 2012

Cameron House of CommonsLet’s be clear about what Lord Justice Leveson recommended and did not recommend. He did not recommend statutory regulation of the press. Instead, he allowed the press to set up its own regulator. He did, however, propose that a law should be passed to create what he called a recognition body and what most of us might call an auditor, whose job would be to ensure that the regulator met some basic standards and kept to them.
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Leveson, Press and data protection: the Rubicon has already been crossed – Chris Pounder

30 11 2012

rubicon-sign-708104The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has expressed “serious concerns and misgivings” over bringing in laws to underpin any new body to regulate the press. Mr Cameron told MPs that legislation backing a regulatory body underpinned by statute would “cross the Rubicon” by writing elements of press regulation into the law for the “first time“. Because of this, Mr Cameron, is “not convinced at this stage that statute is necessary to achieve Lord Justice Leveson’s objectives”. Read the rest of this entry »

Leveson: One last chance for press self-regulation? A summary of the proposals – Edward Craven

30 11 2012

leveson_inquiry_logo_130After eight months of hearings, 337 live witnesses and thousands of pages of written evidence and submissions, Lord Justice Leveson has delivered his much anticipated report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press. As expected, the Leveson Report contains damning criticisms of the press and the failure of the current system of self-regulation. Read the rest of this entry »

Lord Justice Leveson’s Statement on the Publication of his Report

29 11 2012

For the seventh time in less than 70 years, there is a new report, commissioned by the Government, dealing with concerns about the press. It was sparked by public revulsion about a single act – the hacking of the mobile phone of a murdered teenager. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “We must have statutory regulation – and liberation – of the press” – Carl Gardner

29 11 2012

If you’re interested in legally minded reports about how the press should be regulated, then there’s something you should read before tomorrow. Sir David Calcutt QC’s 1993 Review of Press Self-Regulation is worth another look, nearly twenty years on. Read the rest of this entry »


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