Fox, Sky and Murdoch: will Bradley have the courage to resist? – Steven Barnett

30 06 2017

Yesterday’s announcement by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley that she is “minded” to refer the bid by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) is welcome. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Statement in Open Court, Businessmen win libel damages and apology from former employer

29 06 2017

Richard Meechan and Jamie MacSween have succeeded in their libel action against FuelDefend Global Ltd and its chairman, Russell Fowler. At the High Court on 28 June 2017 they received a public apology from the defendants. Read the rest of this entry »





Any reform to the law on Official Secrets must provide robust protection for public interest disclosures and open justice – Lorna Woods, Lawrence McNamara and Judith Townend

28 06 2017

With the election now in the past, the wheels of government are beginning to grind again. While most eyes are on Brussels, it is important that the bright lights of Brexit do not draw attention away from other work that is resuming and ongoing. Among it, the Law Commission will continue its project that considers the revision of the laws on Official Secrets, with its final proposals expected later this year. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa: The right to broadcast court cases, Henri Van Breda, Visvanathan Ponnan and open justice – Dario Milo

27 06 2017

The Henri Van Breda case (Van Breda v Media 24 Limited and Others [2017] ZASCA 97) has confirmed that cameras in courts are not only here to stay, but that this is mandated by the South African Constitution in order to facilitate open justice and the right of the public to hear and see what goes on in our courts. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 26 June 2017

26 06 2017

Last week saw a remarkable Daily Mail editorial attacking the Guardian. The language was strong, the complaint being that “hardly a day passes without another drip drip drip of mendacious vitriol and bile from Guardian writers attacking us and our readers”. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Independent Newspapers v. Ireland: €1.25 million defamation award against newspaper violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh

25 06 2017

The European Court’s Fifth Section has unanimously held that a damages award made against an Irish newspaper for defamation violated the right to freedom of expression, under Article 10 of the European Convention. While the judgment in Independent Newspapers v. Ireland concerned Irish defamation law prior to reforms brought about in 2009, it is still significant for signalling to Irish courts that unpredictably high damages have a “chilling effect,” and require the “most careful scrutiny” and “very strong justification.” Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Mail vs The Guardian: why did editor Paul Dacre lose his rag? – Steven Barnett

24 06 2017
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“Words have consequences. They lead to actions.” So wrote Peter Oborne, the maverick right-leaning Daily Mail columnist about the shocking events in north London recently when a white van deliberately ran into a crowd of Muslims outside a mosque, killing one and injuring several others. Read the rest of this entry »