European Court of Human Rights: Article 10 case law, July to October 2015

31 10 2015

ARCHITECTURE STOCKIn the four months from 1 July to 31 October 2015, the Court of Human Rights handed down judgments in 11 cases where an Article 10 issue was central.  Violations of Article 10 were found in 7 of the 11 cases. The cases are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »





Did Murdoch Win? – Martin Hickman

30 10 2015

murdoch564Let’s freeze-frame the moment. It’s 2.39pm on a July day in 2011 and the world’s most powerful media magnate is atoning. In front of British MPs, his wife, his PR advisers, and a global TV audience, Rupert Murdoch says: “This is the most humble day of my life.” Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: DHR International Inc v Challis, No injurious falsehood injunction against blog – Brigit Morris

30 10 2015

dhr_international_02On 23 October 2015, Justice Richard White in the New South Wales Supreme Court dismissed an application by a global executive recruitment firm, DHR International, for injunctive relief to remove anonymous blog posts allegedly made by a former employee of a DHR subsidiary. Read the rest of this entry »





Life and Death in the Sun Newsroom – Martin Hickman

29 10 2015

sunFleet Street is a closed world. National newspapers shape debate, make or break careers and alter the course of corporations and governments, but their newsrooms remain barred to outsiders. The news is public; how it is made is private. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Bukovsky v CPS, Judge Seals File in Child Porn Libel Case – Media Lawyer

28 10 2015

_82597606_vladimirbukovskyA judge has set aside an injunction issued in a defamation case in which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being sued by veteran Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky over allegations that he has been charged with making and possessing indecent images of children. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson Costs Incentives, Cries of Foul from the Dirtiest Players on the Pitch – Jonathan Coad

28 10 2015

Guy Black takes his seat in the House of LordsHowls of outrage from the press led by Lord Black have apparently persuaded the government to withdraw its statutory stick in the form the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which was passed by our elected representatives to prevail on the press belatedly to join the democratic community and be independently regulated. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Pentikäinen v. Finland, Journalist covering demonstration must comply with police order to disperse – Dirk Voorhoof

27 10 2015

DemonstrationThe Council of Europe Task Force for Freedom of Expression and Media recently published a book entitled “Journalism at risk. Threats, challenges and perspectives”. Since a Grand Chamber judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 20 October 2015, a new threat for journalistic freedom has obviously emerged – the risk that journalists will be detained, prosecuted and convicted for disobeying a police order while covering a public demonstration. At least, that is the consequence of the judgment in the case of Pentikäinen v. Finland. Read the rest of this entry »