Australia: When punitive media intrude on the courts’ role, can justice be served? – David Brown

20 08 2016

“In my opinion the publication of these egregious articles warrants the imposition of a sentence that takes account of Ms Wran’s continuing exposure to risk of custodial retribution, the unavoidable spectre of enduring damage to her reputation and an impeded recovery from her ongoing mental health and drug-related problems”. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: C (A Child), Court of Appeal orders release of court judgment on Ellie Butler’s death – David Hart QC

12 08 2016

benbutler2106aThe case of C (A Child)  ([2016] EWCA Civ 798) is is the most recent in the long series of legal steps touching on the violent career of Ben Butler, recently convicted of the murder of his daughter, Ellie. Read the rest of this entry »





Decline of the English Sex Scandal: why you can never get a good sex scandal these days (with apologies to George Orwell) – Charlotte Harris

10 08 2016

Sunday-News-of-the-World-006It is a Sunday afternoon –you put your feet up on the sofa and open the Sun on Sunday. What is it that you want to read about? Naturally – about a sex scandal. But what kind? Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Mail: “Child killer’s £2m legal aid” Two million things wrong with this headline – Lucy Reed

8 08 2016

Ben ButlerOn 5 August 2016, the The Daily Mail, ran an article about the Ellie Butler case based on Freedom of Information Act requests to the Ministry of Justice. Similar articles appeared elsewhere, for example Huffington Post and The Guardian, all in a similar vein, although perhaps slightly less colourfully expressed than the Mail’s version.  Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Cliff Richard investigation highlights issues with pre-charge bail – Jonathan Hicks

7 08 2016

Sir Cliff Richard is one of many famous faces to have been investigated for allegations of historic sex abuse, with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service ultimately taking no further action. Read the rest of this entry »





Responsible Communication by Internet Intermediaries – Marcelo Thompson

2 08 2016

Marcelo-Thompson-illustration-5-300x198In debates concerning Internet intermediary liability, an often-expressed view is that intermediaries (such as Facebook and Google) shouldn’t be turned into adjudicators, who reason and decide about the legal or illegal nature of content they host, and thus about whether or not to take such content down. But is that a plausible view? Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm is taking a Summer Break

1 08 2016

summerThe Inforrm blog is taking a summer break until the end of September. We thank all our readers and contributors who have supported us over the past year.  Posting will continue over the summer but will not be as regular as normal.   Read the rest of this entry »








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