The Inforrm winter break comes to an end today and we will resume regular posting with a series about the impact of the Defamation Act 2013. Does the Act “reverse the chilling effect on freedom of expression of current libel law” or is it damp squib which will make defamation cases more complex? We welcome contributions from all sides of this debate.
We had a record number of posts in 2013 on the usual wide range of media and legal subjects. In the course of the year we passed 2,000 posts and 2,000 followers on Twitter. Thank you once again to all our readers and contributors in England and around the world.
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The top twenty posts of 2013 reflect the great range of interest of our readers. They were, in descending order:
- Social Media: How many people use Twitter and what do we think about it?
- Case Law: Von Hannover v Germany (No.2) – Unclear clarification and unappreciated margins – Kirsten Sjøvoll
- Spinning in the Last Chance Saloon: Why the “Son of PCC” regulator fails all the tests, Part 1 – Evan Harris
- Case Law: Růžový Panter, OS v Czech Republic: Anti-Corruption NGO defamation case, no violation of Article 10
- Defamation Act 2013, commencement and some initial reactions
- Case Law, Strasbourg: Delfi AS v Estonia: Court Strikes Serious Blow to Free Speech Online – Gabrielle Guillemin
- Briefing Note on Exemplary Damages and Costs – Gill Phillips
- Think before you tweet. Will Old Holborn ever learn? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double
- Privacy, Monstering and the Press: the case of Lucy Meadows
- Why extending exemplary damages is the best approach for public interest journalism – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- Press Regulation: Intimidating the Minister – Brian Cathcart
- “The cases of Vanessa Perroncel and John Terry – a curious legal affair” – Dominic Crossley
- Defamation Act 2013: A boost for free speech – Part 1: Serious Harm, Truth and Honest opinion – Timothy Pinto
- Phone Hacking “Trial of the Century” begins tomorrow: eight defendants face a total of seven charges
- Privacy Injunction Statistics: Last gasp of the super-injunction – Nick Wilcox
- The PCC, the Judge and the ‘Gay Brothel’: another bizarre decision
- Case Law, Strasbourg: Von Hannover v Germany (No.3), Glossing over Privacy – Alexia Bedat
- The Leveson Report and Exemplary Damages: no “violation of free speech” – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- Leveson: The real ‘elephant in the room’ is concentrated ownership – Des Freedman and Justin Schlosberg
- Case Law: Tamiz v Google Inc, Google may be a common law publisher – Gervase de Wilde