The Inforrm Blog is six years old today. Our first post was on 22 January 2010, in the heady days of the great libel reform debate. We began with 7 page views and one post in the first month. Now, six years later, we have had a total of nearly 3,400 posts and 3.2 million page views.
The media law issues we have debated have changed over the years. If 2010 was the year of libel reform, the focus in 2011 moved to privacy, The first half of 2011 saw the “Super-Injunction spring”. In 2011 to 2012 there was phone hacking followed by the Leveson Inquiry – which reported in November 2012.
The discussion in 2013 was dominated by the Leveson Report and the debate about its implementation. In 2014 we had the coming into force of the Defamation Act 2013 – which had been the result of the libel reform debate which partly inspired our launch – was first set up – phone hacking and Operation Elveden trials and Google Spain.
In 2015 we had the Mirror Phone Hacking damages trial and appeal, the beginnings of a body of case law on the Defamation Act 2013 and the continuing importance of data protection issues. And privacy injunctions seem to be making a slow comeback …
In 2016 we will seek to continue our coverage of general media and legal issues – case law from Britain, Europe and around the world and other issues such as social media and cyberbullying. All suggestions for topics from our readers are welcomed.
We would like to thank all our readers and contributors over the past 6 years. The top posts over this period have been from a number of outside authors – taking a range of different views on the issues. Our intention continues to be to serve as a “forum” for debating issues and we would encourage readers to offer contributions on any issue concerning media responsibility, media law and the other topics which we have been writing about. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The top 20 posts of all time are (in descending order)
- Harassment and injunctions: Cheryl Cole – Natalie Peck
- “The cases of Vanessa Perroncel and John Terry – a curious legal affair” – Dominic Crossley
- Case Law, Strasbourg: Von Hannover v Germany (No.2) – Unclear clarification and unappreciated margins – Kirsten Sjøvoll
- Social Media: How many people use Twitter and what do we think about it?
- Case Law: ETK v News Group Newspapers “Privacy Injunctions and Children” – Edward Craven
- Case Law: OPO v MLA, Shock and disbelief at the Court of Appeal – Dan Tench
- The Perils of “Revenge Porn” – Alex Cochrane
- News: Tulisa “Sex Tape”, false privacy turns into true privacy
- How to avoid defamation – Steven Price
- La Regina Nuda and Italian Privacy Law – Athalie Matthews and Giacomo Parmigiani
- Case Law: Růžový Panter, OS v Czech Republic: Anti-Corruption NGO defamation case, no violation of Article 10
- Case Law: “Spiller v Joseph – the New Defence of Honest Comment” – Catherine Rhind
- Case Law: Iqbal v Dean Manson, harassment by letter – Edward Craven
- The MP and the “Super-Injunction” – rumour, myth and distortion (again)
- Case Law: DFT v TFD – super injunctions, again – Mark Thomson
- News: Hemming MP’s “super injunction victim” named as sex abuse fabricator
- The BBC, Lord McAlpine and Libel Law
- Case Law, Strasbourg: Delfi AS v Estonia: Court Strikes Serious Blow to Free Speech Online – Gabrielle Guillemin
- Anonymity, “Take That” and Reporting Privacy Injunctions
- Will the tort of misuse of private information disappear if the Human Rights Act is repealed? – Hugh Tomlinson QC