Finally, the truth about Hillsborough (but you won’t read it on the front of The Sun) – John Jewell

30 04 2016

image-20160427-30950-14wvpmkAs Jared Ficklin wrote here, the verdicts returned at the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 completely vindicate the 27-year campaign for justice resolutely undertaken by the families of the 96 who died. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun, Rebekah Brooks and a Rampage of Unethical Conduct – Brian Cathcart

29 04 2016

New Sunday Sun tabloidThat was a bad week for the Sun. First the Hillsborough verdict removed the last shred of doubt that the paper’s infamous ‘The Truth’ front page report on the disaster was entirely untrue. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: theory over practice? – Rhory Robertson and Tristan Goodman

27 04 2016

Sir Alan Moses“What fun it must be a theoretical regulator. The triumph of theory over practice needs does it not our admiration.” These are the words of Sir Alan Moses, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) Chairman, poking fun at rival press regulator, IMPRESS, when speaking at this year’s London Press Club Awards lunch. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Bédat v. Switzerland, The conviction of journalist not a violation of Article 10, the Grand Chamber strikes again – Dirk Voorhoof

10 04 2016

European-Court-of-Human-RightsIt has become common knowledge amongst “Strasbourg observers” that the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights doesn’t have the best reputation in terms of guaranteeing the right of freedom of expression and information. In earlier cases such as in Perna v. Italy, Pedersen & Baadsgaard v. Denmark, Lindon, Otchakovsky-Laurens & July v. France, Stoll v. Switzerland, Palomo Sánchez v. Spain, Animal Defenders International v. United Kingdom, Mouvement Raeliën Suisse v. Switzerland and more recently in Delfi AS v. Estonia and Pentikäinen v. Finland the Grand Chamber’s findings of a non-violation of Article 10 were highly controversial.

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Cameron, the Press and a Conspiracy to Make You Forget – Brian Cathcart

7 04 2016

cameron-levesonHow good is your memory? Does it stretch back to 2013? Or perhaps 2011? Right now, David Cameron is hoping it doesn’t. In those years he made a lot of promises that are no longer convenient for him, so he would prefer you forgot them. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Canada: R v Vice Media, Court Orders Vice Media to Deliver Source Communications to Police – Paul Schabas, Iris Fischer and Helen Richards

6 04 2016

rcmp-cdn-jihadist-charged-fatah-092415In a disappointing decision in the case of R v Vice Media Canada Inc (2016 ONSC 1961) an Ontario court has upheld a production order requiring Vice Media Canada Inc. (Vice) to deliver to police communications between reporter Ben Makuch and Farah Shirdon, a Canadian believed to be fighting for ISIS. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun and IPSO: It’s obvious who is the boss – Brian Cathcart

1 04 2016

Sun Front Page JihadisOnce again Rupert Murdoch’s Sun has lost a case before IPSO and once again the so called regulator has let the paper off with a slap on the wrist. All those promises that IPSO would stand up to big national newspapers are proving predictably hollow. Read the rest of this entry »








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