Press urges Britain to ‘Keep calm and blame Europe’ – John Jewell

9 02 2016

Sun Dad's ArmyThe latest polls are telling us that the British public are moving in droves to the Brexit camp: YouGov has found that 45% would vote to leave the EU against 36% who would vote to stay while 19% declared themselves as “don’t knows”. As The (eurosceptic) Times put it: “Excluding the ‘don’t knows’, this means 56% want to leave while 44% want to remain.” Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 8 February 2016

8 02 2016

WeeklyRoundupAlthough it is more than 10 years since the Metropolitan Police began “Operation Caryatid” [pdf] and 5 years since the commencement of Operation Weeting phone hacking is still in the news. Read the rest of this entry »





Can the new Charter Protect BBC Independence? – Damian Tambini

3 02 2016

BBC2016 is set to be a significant year for the BBC, with a new settlement on the Royal Charter that underpins the Corporation’s governance and funding arrangements due to be agreed. As part of its policy work in this area, LSE’s Media Policy Project has published a number of blog posts on the topic of the Charter Review, hosted a public event on BBC future funding, and organised aworkshop on the BBC’s governance. In this blog post, Damian Tambini tackles the issue of BBC independence, arguing that the process of policy reform is itself as important to consider as the policy outcomes themselves. Read the rest of this entry »





The Restoration of the House of Murdoch – Des Freedman

2 02 2016

James MurdochJames Murdoch, younger son of billionaire media mogul and keen tweeter Rupert Murdoch, has been appointed as chairman of the UK’s biggest broadcaster, BSkyB. Normally, top boardroom appointments would merit perhaps a mention in business blogs and the City pages of the press but this is more significant for what it tell us about corporate power and governance in the UK today. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 1 February 2016

1 02 2016

weekly roundupLast Thursday, 28 January 2016, was Data Protection Day – launched by the Council of Europe in 2006.  This is now celebrated globally, and is called “Privacy Day” outside Europe.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (on the application of C) v Secretary of State for Justice, An open or shut case? – Alasdair Henderson

30 01 2016

lady-haleWhen is it right to keep the names of parties to litigation a secret? That was the difficult question the Supreme Court had to grapple with in the case of  R(C) v. Secretary of State for Justice ([2016] UKSC 2). The decision to allow a double-murderer to remain anonymous led to outraged headlines in the tabloids. Yet the Court reached the unanimous conclusion that this was the right approach. Why? Read the rest of this entry »





Intrusion into physical privacy – Nicole Moreham

28 01 2016

Law of Privacy and the MediaIt is possible to breach a person’s privacy without disseminating any information about him or her?  Many theorists and judges have recognized this non-informational aspect of the privacy interest, often labelling it ‘intrusion’ or physical privacy. Read the rest of this entry »








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