Case Law: Burundi Journalist’s Union v Attorney-General of Burundi, A positive judgment in the midst of a crisis – Jonathan McCully

21 05 2015

East African Court of JusticeOn 15 May 2015, the East African Court of Justice (the “EACJ”) delivered its judgment in Burundi Journalists Union v. The Attorney General of the Republic of Burundi, in which it considered Law No.1/11 (the “Press Law”) regulating the press, film and broadcasting sectors in Burundi. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: the election issue ignored by the media – Natalie Fenton

19 05 2015

Press regulation dealMaybe it should come as no surprise that, in the aftermath of the hacking scandal and Leveson Inquiry, media policy was an election issue. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party pledged substantive media reforms in their election manifestos. Read the rest of this entry »





Election 2015: It’s The Press Wot Won It? – Des Freedman

13 05 2015

It's_The_Sun_Wot_Won_ItHeading into the 1992 election, polls pointed towards a hung parliament. The Sun turned up the heat on election day with a front page asking that: ‘If Kinnock [the then Labour leader] wins today will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights.’ The Tories duly won the election with 42% of the popular vote leading Britain’s best-selling title to boast ‘It’s the Sun Wot Won It’. Read the rest of this entry »





Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal? – Natalie Fenton

23 04 2015

papers_1523485cIn a recent article the Press Gazette pointed out that in 60% of the UK national newspaper market the election campaign coverage has been pro-Conservative compared to 33 % of prospective Tory voters. Research by the Media Standards Trust also points out that the Conservative party gets the most positive coverage in newspaper leader columns and Labour the most negative. Read the rest of this entry »





Party promises on Data Protection, FOI, Digital rights, Human Rights, Leveson and mass surveillance – Chris Pounder

21 04 2015

?????????At great risk to my mental health, I have extracted the relevant parts of the Party Manifestos.  Here they are without comment. URLs for each manifesto is at the end; address of my psychiatrist available on request. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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