News: Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881 to be repealed

19 04 2015

General Stock - NewspapersIn September 2011 we had a post about the strange anachronism which is the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881.  This places a duty on newspapers to register with Companies House. – but one which does not apply to newspapers published by companies. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 2 – Julian Petley

19 04 2015

Jacob Rees-MoggInfuriated by the BBC’s lack of coverage of its work, The European Scrutiny committee is at the centre of a discussion about the ‘limits’ of the corporation’s independence.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Operation Elveden: CPS drops cases as more journalists acquitted – James Doleman

18 04 2015

Old-BaileyThere were understandable scenes of jubilation from the friends and family of the two Sun and one Daily Mirror reporters at the Old Bailey yesterday as a jury found them not guilty on all charges. The Mirror’s Graham Brough and Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky of the Sun walked free from court. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 1 – Julian Petley

17 04 2015

EU CommissionThe European Scrutiny Committee has locked horns with the BBC, repeatedly accusing it of a pro-EU bias. Is the corporation’s editorial independence under threat?  Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 14 April 2015

14 04 2015

Round Up 2013The Inforrm short Easter break ends today with a Law and Media Round Up covering the past fortnight and the forthcoming week.  The Easter Legal Term starts today and runs until 22 May 2015.  We are not aware of any libel or privacy trials listed over this period. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition: Poll shows strong support for action on media ownership

12 04 2015

Opinon PollFigures in a new poll reveal that there is overwhelming public support for action to confront the unaccountable power of media proprietors in the UK. 74 per cent believe that, in order to own a UK newspaper, radio station or TV channel, companies should be based in the UK and pay full UK tax while 61 per cent are in favour of compulsory rules (such as independent editorial boards) in order to limit the influence of owners over editorial output. Read the rest of this entry »





The Press itself is a vital election issue – Brian Cathcart

6 04 2015

PressA front-page lead (‘Lib Dems seek US-style first amendment‘) and on the same day a leading article (‘Press attacks on Labour are not new. . .‘): in this election the media themselves are clearly part of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »








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