On 30 December 2014, we published the fourth “Inforrm” Media Law Quiz – set by the winner of the 2010 and 2011 quizes and the 2012 quiz master, Benjamin Pell. Once again, the Quizmaster’s fearsome reputation meant that not many of our readers and contributors had the courage to submit entries.
The winner of this year’s contest was occasional Inforrm contributor and media law blogger, Jonathan McCully. Many congratulations to him and thank you to the others who submitted entries.
Benjamin Pell’s Media Law Quiz of the Year, 2014: The Answers
The answers to each question are underlined. We have added the Quizmaster’s comments in italics.
(1) Put these ten events from 2014 into chronological order :
(x) Commencement of the privacy trial involving Paul Weller’s children, 24 March
(iii) The CJEU’s decision in Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González, 13 May
(viii) Warby J being sworn in as a High Court judge 10 June
(ix) The sentencing of Andy Coulson, 4 July
(iv) Bean J giving judgment in OPO v MLA & anr, 18 July
(vi) The collapse of the trial involving Tulisa Contostavlos, 21 July
(i) Judgment in the first case involving “serious harm” and The Defamation Act 2013, 13 August
(ii) The launch of IPSO, 8 September
(v) The Sunday Times’s apology to Kate and Gerry McCann over a front page story, 2 October
(vii) Judgment in the Andrew Mitchell libel trial, 27 November.
The Quizmaster notes: An acceptable answer would also have included (v) at the top of this chronology or with a footnote that the apology (though the word was not used in the headline) appeared in The Sunday Times on 28 December 2013. However Carter- Ruck referred to the £55,000 settlement using the headline “Kate and Gerry McCann secure £55,000 in libel damages and apology from the Sunday Times” on 3 October 2014.
(2) Place the following in the order (from lowest to highest) of the amount of damages awarded by the judge:
(d) Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited. £10,000
(a) Garcia v Associated Newspapers Limited, £45,000
(c) Appleyard v Wilby, £60,000
(b) Asghar v Nawaijang, £270,000
(3) The following letter appeared in The Times following the judgment in the Andrew Mitchell libel trial. Complete the quote “Perhaps the verdict in such trials should be decided by the toss of a coin or alternatively by…”
(a) …a jury
(b) …a judge who hasn’t been to Eton
(c) …a plebiscite. An obvious pun that readers could have spotted. The letter was from R Morse and was dated 28 November 2014. It read as follows
The learned judge also appears to have suggested that the policeman who attested to the ‘pleb’ remark was, in essence, too stupid to have made it up. For some reason (no doubt a quirk of my own brain) I am reminded of learned counsel in the Lady Chatterley trial asking the jury whether this was a book that their wives or servants should read.
Perhaps the verdict in such trials should be decided by the toss of a coin – or alternatively by plebiscite.
(d) …a wheelies contest
(4) Complete this quote from The Guardian which appeared after the judgment in The Mitchell trial “I wondered how it felt for Rowland, his vindication over one insult from a public schoolboy…”
(a) ”…tainted by a costs award against him”
(b) ”…ruined by the humiliation of being described as witless”
(c) ”…being considered by the judge to be worth only £5000”
(d) “…sealed with an insult from another one”. This was taken from an article in Guardian on 28 November 2014
(5) Which of the following said they were going to intervene in the Mitchell libel trial?
(a) The Bicycle Association
(b) Michael Crick
(c) Liberty. The organisation thought ”The case would set a dangerous and unconstitutional precedent for ordinary people’s dealings with the police”.
(d) The Police Federation
(6) About which media lawyer was the following said in a TV drama this year? “He is an expert on defamation and privacy. I don’t think there is anyone better”
(a) Mark Lewis
(b) Mark Stephens
(c) Louis Charalambous, In Episode 2 of ”The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies” broadcast on 11 December 2014 (ITV1).
(d) Paul Tweed
(7) Which media lawyer is mentioned on one of the best selling DVDs of the year?
(a) David Attfield
(b) Alastair Brett
(c) Prash Naik. The writers and directors Damon Beesley and Iain Morris mention Prash Naik on The Inbetweeners 2 DVD. A bonus point was awarded to the prescient reader who also answered (b) and thought this was a reference to the best selling DVD of 2015 50 Shades Of Charles Gray
(d) Tom Crone
(8) Which one of the following statements about IPSO is correct?
(a) In one of its first rulings, it ordered The Sun to publish an apology on Page 3
(b) The Government was blamed by the Chairman for failing to deliver on its promises. This statement was made by Sir Alan Moses in a speech to the Society of Editors on 9 November 2014 [pdf]
(c) The IPSO Twitter feed has produced over 70 Tweets thus far
(d) A majority of the board members represent the newspaper industry
(9) Who mentioned the “Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese” pub in a speech?
(a) Sir David Eady
(b) Sir Alan Moses
(c) Lord Neuberger. This was in a speech delivered at Conference5RB [pdf] on 30 September 2014.
(d) Lord Thomas
(10) Who said about whom “You are the lucky one” ?
(a) Judge Alistair McCreath to Tulisa Contostavlos when dismissing the jury in her trial at Southwark Crown Court
(b) Mr Justice Saunders to Glenn Mulcaire when sentencing him
(c) Sir Hayden Phillips to Sir Alan Moses when appointing him chair of IPSO
(d) The Daily Mail in a headline congratulating George Clooney after his engagement to Amal Alamuddin
(11) Which is the odd one out in the following list of cases?
(a) Greig v Stirling & anr
(b) Hamaizia & Anor v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis
(c) Garcia v Associated Newspapers Limited.
(d) Mionis v Democratic Press SA & Ors
The Quizmaster comments: The solution to this question can be summarised in the phrase-‘Beware of Greeks bearing gilts’ (a), (b) and (d) all have a Greek connection while (c) involved language difficulties but someone who spoke Spanish. (a) A document in Greek; (b) ”I note also the observations of Tugendhat J in John v Guardian News & Media Ltd at [16-17], warning of the Scylla and Charybdis between which the judge must steer a course” at  and (d) the Greek language newspaper Demokratia
(12) Who is the odd one out?
(a) Prince William
(c) David Beckham. In all the other examples, a parent took action against the press over photographs taken of one (or more in the case of Paul Weller) of their children.
(d) Paul Weller
(13) Who criticised David Cameron over his apology for employing Andy Coulson?
(a) Rebekah Brooks
(b) Clive Goodman
(c) Boris Johnson
(d) Mr Justice Saunders
(14) In what context was the following remark made-“Andy Coulson continues to endure appalling indignities in prison”?
(a) Not being transferred to an open prison
(b) A visit by Piers Morgan. Kevin Maguire in The New Statesman published on 4 September 2014
(c) Being forced to share a cell at Belmarsh with Neville Thurlbeck
(d) Having his mobile phone confiscated
(15) In which case did no appeal take place even though Permission To Appeal had been given by the first instance judge?
(a) Cooke & anr v MGN & anr
(b) OPO v MLA & anr
(c) Vidal-Hall v Google Inc
(d) PNM v Times Newspapers
(16) Who was incorrectly described as a Deputy High Court judge in a judgment handed down this year?
(a) Warby J
(b) Sir Michael Tugendhat
(c) HHJ Richard Parkes QC
(d) Sir David Eady. Nicol J at  Reachlocal UK Ltd & Anor v Bennett & Ors  EWHC 2161 (QB) ” Following an application on notice at which only the 1st Defendant appeared, Sir David Eady, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, granted an interim injunction on 28th March 2014”
(17) Who was incorrectly described on the Judiciary website as a judge sitting in the Family Division?
(a) Warby J. INFORRM reported this twice last year including the news that Warby J had been restored to his rightful place at the beginning of the Long Vacation
(b) Sir Michael Tugendhat
(c) HHJ Richard Parkes QC
(d) Sir David Eady
(18) Over what allegation published in The Sun newspaper about him has Russell Brand not sued or threatened to sue this year?
(19) Who opened new premises in Gray’s Inn Square?
(b) Early Resolution
(d) The Press Recognition Panel
(20) Which is the odd one out?
(a) Hodge Jones & Allen LLP v Times Newspapers Ltd
(b) Brand v NGN
(c) Walliams v NGN. This Statement In Open Court was made in the Chancery Division. The three others listed here were made in The Queen’s Bench Division
(d) Fernandez-Versini v Bauer Consumer Media Ltd
(21) The following 8 quotes are either from Sir Alan Moses or Christian Bale playing Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings. Match them with the correct Moses. However, one of the quotes is a red (sea?) herring-Identify the person who said it
(a) I love everything that I know about you and I trust in what I don’t. Christian Bale
(b) Manic firing of a big bazooka. Sir Alan Moses (in his “Sunday sermon”, see Question 8 above)
(c) Disinformation means telling half-truths, the part that is most convenient to me, and not saying the other half. Pope Francis (on 24 March 2014)
(d) Rather too complicated for us ordinary mortals to understand. Sir Alan Moses
(e) You can stop living like a king. You’re not one…Remember this. I am prepared to fight-For eternity. Christian Bale
(f) (After being told ‘You’ll not always agree with me’). Nor you with me. I’ve noticed…Do not turn your back on me. Christian Bale
(g) An analysis that would do credit to any rabbinical study of the Talmud. Sir Alan Moses
(h) Follow me and you will be free. Stay and you will perish. Christian Bale
The Quiz Master comments: A bonus mark was given to the reader who contrasted one Moses who took his people from the wilderness into the promised land with the Moses who seems to be doing this in reverse.