Five reasons why we don’t have a free and independent press in the UK and what we can do about it – Ed Jones

30 12 2016

While most of us don’t trust journalists, many of us are still under the illusion that we have a free and independent press. The truth is we don’t. Here’s five reasons why we should be very sceptical of the information we read in the corporate media and why there is hope for the future. Read the rest of this entry »





Implementing Leveson, the local press seeks to defend the indefensible – Hugh Tomlinson QC

29 12 2016

trinity-mirror-papersOver the past few weeks the national press has ramped up its dishonest and unprincipled campaign against the implementation of the Leveson recommendations.  It finances and promotes something called “Free the Press” – which, among other things, offers a series of misleading and inaccurate graphics to place in anti-Leveson articles. Read the rest of this entry »





Data retention and national law: the ECJ ruling in Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15 Tele2 and Watson (Grand Chamber)

27 12 2016

tele2The 21 December 2016 judgment in these important cases concerns the acceptability from a human rights perspective of national data retention legislation maintained even after the striking down of the Data Retention Directive in Digital Rights Ireland (Case C-293/12 and 594/12) (“DRI”) for being a disproportionate interference with the rights contained in Articles 7 and 8 EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (EUCFR).  Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm is taking a Winter Break

24 12 2016

winterbreak650_332Now that the legal term has ended, Inforrm is taking a winter break for a few weeks to allow the editorial team to relax. We will have a some occasional posts over the next fortnight but the full normal service will not be resumed until the second week of January 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





We need European regulation of Facebook and Google – Leighton Andrews

23 12 2016

google-and-facebookOver the weekend, Facebook sent me a link to a video they had made of my activity on their site over the last year. To my mind, that was more proof, if any were needed, that Facebook is a media company, despite all its protestations. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Flymenow v Quick Air Jet Charter, Libel damages reduced to £10 because of claimant’s disgraceful conduct – Neelam Gomersall

22 12 2016

logoIn the case of Flymenow Ltd v Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH [2016] EWHC 3197 (QB) an aircraft charter company was awarded nominal damages of £10 in a libel action after it was found that it had acted “disgracefully” before and during the litigation. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, CJEU, Tele Sverige/Watson: Who sees you when you’re sleeping? Who knows when you’re awake? – Angela Patrick

21 12 2016

hacking-1685092_960_720In an early holiday delivery, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) today handed down its judgment in the joined cases of Tele Sverige/Watson & Ors (C-203/15/C-698/15), this morning. Read the rest of this entry »