How African governments use advertising as a weapon against media freedom – George Ogola

23 04 2017

National governments remain the single largest source of revenue for news organisations in Africa. In Rwanda, for example, a staggering 85-90% of advertising revenue comes from the public sector. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Flood v Times Newspapers, CFA appeals dismissed, future of the scheme left open – Aidan Wills

20 04 2017

On 11 April 2017 the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed three appeals brought by media organisations challenging the article 10 ECHR compliance of the recovery of additional liabilities (CFA success fees and ATE insurance premiums) from defendants in ‘publication cases.’ ([2017] UKSC 33). Read the rest of this entry »





Government “Call for Views” on GDPR Derogations – Closing date 10 May 2017

19 04 2017

The Data Protection Team at the Culture Media and Sport Department is seeking the views of stakeholders on the derogations in the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Spain’s freedom of speech repression is no joke – Federico López-Terra

17 04 2017

For the most part, social media users in democracies are free to express their opinions online. In Spain, however, that’s not the case. The Conversation

Cassandra Vera, a 21-year-old student from the city of Murcia in the south-east of Spain, has been sentenced to a year in prison, and disqualified from public functions for seven years, after making jokes on Twitter that “glorified terrorism”. Read the rest of this entry »





With ‘no-win-no-fee’ deals harder to get in libel cases, government must choose whether to back the corporate press or the ordinary citizen – Brian Cathcart

12 04 2017

The Supreme Court has dismissed appeals brought by the Murdoch, Mail and Mirror newspaper companies in relation to costs they must pay in libel and privacy cases they have lost – but at the same time the judges have thrown the future of access to justice in such cases into the lap of the government. Read the rest of this entry »





CFAs and ATE premiums out of the running in freedom of expression cases – Nicola Cain

11 04 2017

In the case of Times Newspapers Ltd v Flood; Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd; and, Frost and others v MGN Ltd ([2017] UKSC 33), the defendant media organisations each brought an appeal to the Supreme Court in relation to the obligation that they pay additional liabilities in cases engaging their right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





Where Speech Goes, Repression Follows: The Global Trend of Criminalizing Online Speech – Nani Jansen Reventlow and Jonathan McCully

10 04 2017

As the next billion people move online, governments worldwide are adopting legislation that curtails free expression rights on the internet. Pushing back against this trend is important to safeguard one of the most fundamental freedoms. Read the rest of this entry »