Hacked Off: Why we should be “furious” with the Daily Express – Rachel Baugh

31 08 2014

front-Daily-ExpressThe front page of The Daily Express on 27 August 2014  contained the headline “Fury Over Britain’s 2M Illegal Migrants”. Sensational headlines are not new but this particular story goes beyond mere sensation, and should deeply worry anyone who values basic journalism standards. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: A landmark judgment – David Rolph

28 08 2014

gazetteNSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum’s decision last week to permanently stay Roland Bleyer’s defamation proceedings against Google Inc (Bleyer v Google [2014] NSWSC 897) is a landmark judgment for two reasons.

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Wikipedia and the Right to be Forgotten… or why Jimmy Wales might want to support a right to delete – Paul Bernal

27 08 2014

Jimmy WalesOne of the more strident critics of the Google Spain ruling by the ECJ, bringing into action at least a form of the much derided ‘right to be forgotten’, has been Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia. Read the rest of this entry »





Interview: Julian Petley, Press Freedom, Press Regulation and the Public Interest

26 08 2014

Julian-Petley-Film-and-TVJulian Petley, one of the most prominent campaigners for media freedom in the UK, kindly agreed to answer some questions from Simon Dawes on phone-hacking, the Snowden leaks, the fallout from the Leveson Inquiry, and IPSO, the new self-regulatory body for the press. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media, Summary Summer Round Up – 25 August 2014

25 08 2014

summerThis is the second of our Summary Summer Round Ups (the first was published on 11 August 2014) to draw the attention of readers to interesting news stories, events and cases over the past fortnight. Read the rest of this entry »





Jennifer Aniston, Friends or Online Foes? – Amber Melville-Brown

23 08 2014

Jennifer Aniston. She’s funny; she’s gorgeous; she’s smart; she’s successful. She looks like a real pal for a convivial chat over coffee, a great gal for a hilarious hoot over cocktails. The Friends star should be constantly out with friends in the real world. But instead, she is staying home alone to avoid cyber foes in the online world. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Bleyer v Google Inc, “Search results” libel action stayed as “disproportionate” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

22 08 2014

Roland BleyerIn the case of Bleyer v Google ([2014] NSWSC 897) the Supreme Court of New South Wales stayed a libel action  against Google Inc based on defamatory snippets because the resources of the court and the parties that would be expended were disproportionate to the plaintiff’s interest in obtaining vindication.  In the course of her judgment McCallum J held that Google was not the publisher of the results produced by its search engine. Read the rest of this entry »