Law and Media Round Up – 27 March 2017

27 03 2017

The murderous terror attack in Westminster this week raised difficult question about journalistic ethics, with a number of newspapers being criticised for publishing pictures of the dead and injured which, it was suggested, were ‘too intrusive.’ Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm Blog – (Belated) Seventh Birthday Greetings

26 03 2017

A loyal reader has pointed out that the Inforrm Blog missed its own seventh birthday, on 22 January 2017.  As we get older, birthdays become less important … However, we will take this opportunity to remind readers that we have now been publishing for 7 years (2 months and 4 days). Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up No. 19

26 03 2017

The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter, defamation and “serious harm” – David Rolph

25 03 2017

Twitter may well be the “Wild West” of social media. Certainly, anyone who has spent even a little time on it will be aware that there are a lot of people out there with most decided views who are willing to share them, frequently and stridently. Read the rest of this entry »





Hong Kong: Freedom of the (Entertainment) Press, Part 2. Other Objectionable Materials – David Ma

24 03 2017

The entertainment press should behave responsibly and evaluate whether the materials are legally sourced and whether their publication would be legal to steer clear of criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits. Read the rest of this entry »





Hong Kong: Freedom of the (Entertainment) Press: Part 1, Data Privacy and Public Interest – David Ma

23 03 2017

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“Commissioner”) examined the relationship between freedom of the press and personal data (“PD”) in the context of paparazzi and the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”) in Reports R12-9159 [pdf] and R12-9164 [pdf]. The appeals to the Commissioner’s decisions were dismissed by the Administrative Appeals Board (“AAB”) in Appeal Nos 5/2012 [pdf] and 6/2012 [pdf].  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Strasbourg: Pihl v Sweden: No liability for defamatory users’ comments after prompt removal upon notice – Dirk Voorhoof

22 03 2017

In its decision of 9 March 2017 in Rolf Anders Daniel Pihl v. Sweden, the Court of Human Rights has clarified the limited liability of operators of websites or online platforms containing defamatory user-generated content.The Court’s decision is also to be situated in the current discussion on how to  prevent or react on  “fake news”, and the policy to involve online platforms in terms of liability for posting such messages. Read the rest of this entry »