Case Law: R (Evans) v HM Attorney-General, The Tale of the Black Spider, the Supreme Court Speaks – Matthew Flinn

29 03 2015

14786526_page_3_let_346471cAnd so, the long legal saga of the Black Spider Letters finally comes to a close.  I last blogged about this case back in October 2012. At that time, the Attorney General had ignited controversy by invoking a little-known power under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Read the rest of this entry »





How far do media laws constrain the television debates between party leaders? – Jacob Rowbottom

15 01 2015

media-2010-leaders-debates-clegg-cameron-brownThe negotiations for a debate among party leaders in the 2015 general election are currently being reported as a ‘will they, won’t they’ tale. The stakes are high. What happened in 2010 was remarkable. The debates drew a massive audience and for a brief period focused the attention of millions of voters. At a time of media fragmentation, when we worry that people can increasingly filter out views they do not share, this was an impressive achievement. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Tom Watson MP, Second Annual Leveson Lecture; Unfinished Business – Tamsin Turk

11 12 2014

Tom-WatsonOn 3 December 2014, at the invitation of the campaigning group Hacked Off, Tom Watson MP gave the Second Annual Leveson Lecture, to a large audience in Westminster. Read the rest of this entry »





Polls: 69% support right to internet, but 60% think Facebook should monitor private messages

10 12 2014

internetAccording to a recent YouGov opinion poll, 69% of the public believe that there is a right to internet access.

The same poll,  asked questions about “net neutrality”.  Although only 18% of respondents were familiar with the term, however, in response to the question: Read the rest of this entry »





Journalistic freedom, RIPA and misconduct in public office: lessons from Sally Murrer’s case – Gavin Millar QC

14 11 2014

Citizen-Header-July-52012In 2008 I defended a journalist called Sally Murrer at Kingston Crown Court. Sally worked for the Milton Keynes Citizen. The Thames Valley Police wanted to identify one of their officers as one of her sources. Read the rest of this entry »





The Culture Secretary, RIPA and Press Lapdogs – Evan Harris

12 11 2014

Sajid JavidCulture Secretary, Sajid Javid, went to the Society of Editors Conference to flatter and deceive.  And I was on hand yesterday to witness the sight of the fearless watchdogs of the British press lap it all up.  Read the rest of this entry »





Two years after the Leveson Inquiry, why are the UK government’s dealings with the media still shrouded in secrecy? – Justin Schlosberg

17 10 2014

David Cameron at Leveson inquirtyIn 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal unfolded, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a new era of transparency in the government’s dealings with the media. All meetings between senior government and media figures were to be recorded and published on a quarterly basis and a major public inquiry was launched – partly with a focus on the relationship between press and politicians. Read the rest of this entry »








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