Distinguishing harm from misuse in privacy law: Khuja v Times Newspapers – Paul Wragg

22 07 2017

The long-awaited judgment in Khuja (formerly known as PNM) v Times Newspapers Limited is the right decision.  But it was not unanimously decided.  It is on the dissenting judgments of Lords Kerr and Wilson that this post focuses.  Read the rest of this entry »





Why the end of net neutrality is not the end of the open internet – Konstantinos Stylianou

21 07 2017

The public consultation period on the US Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to repeal net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated the same, ended on July 17. With 8.5 million comments, this has been by far the most widely debated policy issue in FCC’s history. Read the rest of this entry »





Unveiling BBC talent’s pay is a deliberate attempt to undermine a great British institution – Steven Barnett

20 07 2017

Anyone who seriously believes that a government dictat obliging the BBC to reveal salaries of its top talent was genuinely driven by concerns about accountability should look carefully at those who champion the cause. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Supreme Court dismisses claimant’s appeal in PNM v Times Newspapers case

19 07 2017

In a judgment handed down today ([2017] UKSC 49) the UK Supreme Court, by a majority of 5:2, dismissed the appeal of the claimant from the refusal of Tugendhat J and the Court of Appeal to grant an injunction to prevent his name being disclosed in connection with a criminal investigation. Read the rest of this entry »





Why licensing journalists won’t end the scourge of ‘fake news’ – Christopher Waddell

19 07 2017

File 20170712 19642 u1ay9iShould journalists be licensed? The Conversation Canada commissioned two articles to argue for and against the idea. The counterpoint of this argument – putting the arguments on the other side – was published yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »





We regulate doctors to protect the public from harm: why not journalists? – David Maslove,

18 07 2017

File 20170630 18613 67f68cShould journalists be licensed? The Conversation Canada commissioned two articles to argue for and against the idea. The counterpoint of this argument – putting the arguments on the other side – will be published tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 17 July 2017 [Updated]

17 07 2017

On Friday the Government announced that Sir Ian Burnett has been appointed as the new Lord Chief Justice, to replace the retiring Lord Thomas from the 2 October 2017.  He is 59 and will be the youngest Lord Chief Justice since 1958 – with the potential to be in post until 2028. Read the rest of this entry »