Leveson: “Disturbing Questions” and the Daily Mail’s Desperation

17 11 2012

The Leveson Inquiry has made the press extremely uncomfortable.  For once, their own conduct is being subject to investigation and critical scrutiny. To use a well known phrase, they like to dish it out, but they can’t take it.  A number of newspapers regard scrutiny of their own conduct as constitutionally improper – an unjustified interference with the freedom of the press to do what it likes, regardless of the impact on others. Read the rest of this entry »


Case Law, Strasbourg: Szima v Hungary, Trade Union Freedom of Expression – Dirk Voorhoof

17 11 2012

The European Court of Human Rights delivered a new and remarkable judgment on trade union freedom of expression. In Szima v. Hungary the European Court of Human Rights concluded that a criminal conviction of a leader of a police trade union for having posted critical and offensive comments on the Union’s website was to be considered necessary in a democratic society for the prevention of disorder or crime,  and more precisely of preserving order in the armed forces. Read the rest of this entry »