Inforrm: End of Easter Break and Easter Term Preview

30 04 2017

The short Inforrm Easter Break ends today and our first Law and Media Round Up of the new term will be published tomorrow.  Although we have have not had Round Ups for the last fortnight we have been able to continue regular postings. Read the rest of this entry »

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The state of South African journalism: There’s good news and there’s bad news – Alan Finlay

29 04 2017

Wits University’s Journalism and Media Studies Department have just published their latest State of the Newsroom report. The annual publication maps key developments in the South African media landscape – from changes in circulation and audiences, to shifts in media ownership, digital trends in the newsroom, transformation of the news media, political, legal and regulatory issues, and the status of media freedom in the country. Politics and Society Editor Thabo Leshilo asked the editor and lead researcher … The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privacy Injunction Statistics for 2016, three applications recorded, statistics incomplete

28 04 2017

The tables [xls] published with most recent Ministry of Justice, Civil Justice Statistics Quarterly Bulletin state that there were three applications for privacy injunctions in 2016, with two being granted and one refused.  It is clear, however, that these official statistics underestimate the number of injunction applications. Read the rest of this entry »





The French Court Case That Threatens to Bring the “Right to be Forgotten” Everywhere – Nani Jansen Reventlow

27 04 2017

A court case in France might drastically change what information individuals can access online. The case is pending before the French Council of State—France’s highest court—and concerns a “right to be forgotten” dispute between Google and the French data protection authority, CNIL. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking, Don’t let them fool you, most victims were not famous – Brian Cathcart

27 04 2017

It has become routine: another batch of phone hacking victims win compensation from a newspaper and the story is reported (where it is reported at all) as if only celebrities were involved.  Read the rest of this entry »





Jimmy Wales is betting crowd-sourced news can restore our trust in the media: he might be right – Jane B Singer

26 04 2017

For more than 15 years, Jimmy Wales has been the poster boy for the promise and the power of crowd-sourcing. When he launched Wikipedia in 2001, virtually everyone scoffed at the idea of a free and open-sourced online encyclopaedia with articles written by amateurs. Read the rest of this entry »





The General Election: a further test for IPSO which it will fail – Jonathan Coad

25 04 2017

Almost all the most powerful elements of Fleet Street will line up behind Mrs May in the run-up to the next election – and indeed they have already begun the process of doing so. As for the voting public, they are reliant on (inter alia) Fleet Street to help them make their voting decisions. The grandees of Fleet Street will be considering whether their titles are likely to be held to account in a way that they care about if it misleads voting public on key electoral issues.  The answer to that question is; almost certainly not. Read the rest of this entry »