Police relations with the Media: College of Policing consults on new guidance

1 06 2016

PrintThe College of Policing, which sets professional standards for police officers, is consulting on new Media Relations Guidance designed to provide “a framework to assist those in the police service who engage with the media to do so in an open, accessible and professional way” . Read the rest of this entry »





The weird world of IPSO where “proportionate” means disproportionate, and “inaccurate” becomes accurate if someone else has said it first – Jonathan Coad

27 05 2016

whirlpool-applaince-repairsJust as did its predecessor the Press Complaints Commission, IPSO applies the kind of perverse reasoning to the commercial advantage of its sponsors and creators which you would expect from a regulator which in defiance of both the will of parliament and the public has been set up by the press, funded by the press, the Code written by the press, its personnel appointed by the press, and with press delegates in the form of ex-editors on its complaints committee.  Read the rest of this entry »





Do British journalists play by the rules? – Neil Thurman

21 05 2016

JournalistsFour years after some of the more questionable practices of the UK press came to light under the scrutiny of the Leveson Inquiry, a survey of journalists has found that 25% believe it is acceptable not to verify information before publication or broadcast. Read the rest of this entry »





Ipso Fails Another Big Test Over Sun’s ‘Queen Backs Brexit’ Headline – Jonathan Coad

18 05 2016

sun-queen-backs-brexitThe Sun’s notorious “QUEEN BACKS BREXIT” headline was published on 9 March. The Queen’s complaint was made on the same day. Some 10 weeks later Ipso has published its adjudication despite claiming on its website to offer a “speedy resolution” to complaints. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy Injunctions: Laundering kiss and tells – Tom Iverson

10 05 2016

sun_rooney_hookerThese are troubling times for those of us interested in the rule of law, that is, the overwhelming majority of society. The right to privacy is, of course, enshrined in law in this country through the Human Rights Act and is, without doubt, one of the most important basic human rights, available to all of us.  Much to the annoyance of the tabloid press, there is no caveat which means it does not apply to actors, musicians or sports stars.  The protection is universal. Read the rest of this entry »





The prurient press and a Court of Protection decision that had a profound effect on a family – Julie Doughty

8 05 2016

Court of ProtectionIn V v Associated Newspapers [2016] EWCOP 21, published on 25 April, Mr Justice Charles, Deputy President and Judge in Charge of the Court of Protection, uses the word ‘prurient’ several times about the press coverage of earlier judgments in the case of ‘C’, the woman who ‘lost her sparkle’. (She had been described in this way, from her own words, in a judgment by Mr Justice Macdonald.) Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Bédat v Switzerland, Conviction and fine for a public interest article based on confidential criminal documents did not breach Article 10 – Calypso Blaj

7 05 2016

IllustreIn the case of Bédat v Switzerland  ([2016] ECHR 313) the Grand Chamber overturned the Chamber’s decision and reached the surprising conclusion that the conviction and fine imposed on the applicant journalist for publishing a public interest story containing information covered by the secrecy of criminal investigations did not constitute a violation of his Article 10 rights. Read the rest of this entry »








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