Case Law, Strasbourg: Ungváry and Irodalom KfT. v. Hungary, Sanctions on historian violated Article 10 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

3 12 2013

6198883619In its judgment in the case of Ungváry and Irodalom Kft v. Hungary ([2013] ECHR 1229), the Second Section of the Court of Human Rights held that defamation judgments against a historian and a literary weekly violated Article 10. The decision in relation to the historian (which was by a 4:3 majority) involved, once again, the questionable application of the “Axel Springer criteria” for balancing Articles 8 and 10 in the defamation context. The case gives rise to a number of difficult legal and factual issues. Read the rest of this entry »





Of mice and men and shiny shoes, Yelland ‘re-enters the human race’: The first Leveson anniversary lecture – Máire Messenger Davies

3 12 2013

David YellandDavid Yelland, former editor of the Sun, gave the first Leveson anniversary lecture in London on 29 November 2013.1 In it he argued that, in resisting regulation, newspapers are in denial about their own power, and that, to remedy the ‘reputational disaster’ that has befallen journalism, they need to accept the Leveson proposals. He gave a number of telling examples of what’s wrong with the press from his own experience. Read the rest of this entry »