Anonymous posters and the new Defamation Act: the draft regulations – Graham Smith

29 08 2013

Anonymous PosterSection 5 of the Defamation Act 2013 provides (or will do when the Act comes into force) a complete defence from a defamation claim for a website operator who can show that it did not post the statement on the website.  This is a significant new protection for website operators. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opinion: Time for the Twitter Police? – Matthew Himsworth

27 08 2013

TwitterOver recent weeks there has been a welcome debate on trolling and online abuse. One of the main questions has been – who bears the responsibility of dealing with this reprehensible practice, with many pointing accusing fingers at Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »





Dissent Into Darkness: The Misuse of Law to Stifle Criticism – Oliver O’Callaghan

25 08 2013

silencing-dissentDissent is one of the key functions of a free press. Even above the provision of information, the provocation of democratic debate, or the search for truth; the ability to openly and freely criticise government is perhaps the paramount reason why we as a society enshrine the protection of the press and of speech. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: Met And Murdoch – Covert Deals And Registered Concerns

23 08 2013
murdoch-yardAt the Home Affairs Select Committee on 19 July 2011 the following question was asked of Sir Paul Stephenson, Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis: – Read the rest of this entry »




Law and Media Review of the Legal Year: Part 3 – Easter and Trinity terms 2013

22 08 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe weekly law and media round up is on vacation, but here’s a review of legal cases and legal developments over the legal year*, from September 2012 (just before the beginning of the legal year proper) until the end of July 2013. The Inforrm case tables have also been brought up to date: Media Law cases; Defamation cases; and Privacy cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Review of the Legal Year: Part 2 – Hilary Term 2013

21 08 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe weekly law and media round up is on vacation, but here’s a review of legal cases and legal developments over the legal year*, from September 2012 (just before the beginning of the legal year proper) until the end of July 2013. The Inforrm case tables have also been brought up to date: Media Law cases; Defamation cases; and Privacy cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Shield Laws Tested – Peter Bartlett

20 08 2013

gazetteGina Rinehart loses sources disclosure battle as a landmark judgment in WA upholds journalists’ shield laws … Media lawyer Peter Bartlett reviews the decision in light of several current challenges. Read the rest of this entry »