BBC Charter renewal: invisible actors and critical friends, Part 1 – Julian Petley

28 07 2015

Sunday Times BBCWhen the DCMS Green Paper on BBC Charter Renewal [pdf] was published on 16 July 2015, the reaction on the part of the corporation’s enemies in the press was relatively muted, particularly when compared to the way in which they had reacted, a few days earlier, to the leaked news of the upcoming consultation. Read the rest of this entry »





Will the ‘real story’ behind forced adoption please stand up? – Sarah Phillimore

28 07 2015

BAAF-logo-high-qualityI wrote one blog post last week which I thought was about one thing – the irritating promotion of a dangerous untruth that the UK is the ‘only’ country in Europe or even the World that permits ‘forced adoption’. Interestingly, the focus of my concerns soon shifted after it was pointed out to me that the article in the Independent which made much of this ‘fact’ was actually written by Caroline Selkirk, the Chief Executive of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 27 July 2015

27 07 2015

Round New 2The Sun has been relying on human rights arguments again this week. Despite its long term opposition to the Human Rights Act the newspaper argued, before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (“IPT”), that the Metropolitan Police had infringed the rights of three of its reporters by accessing their phone records during the Plebgate incident. Read the rest of this entry »





“A lie can get round the world before the truth has put its boots on”, the reporting of ‘forced adoptions’ – Sarah Phillimore

26 07 2015

new-fathers-4-justice-stop-forced-adoption-1It is ironic to note that the source of the title quote, so often used by the late great Sir Terry Pratchett has itself often been falsely attitributed – to both Mark Twain and Sir Winston Churchill. It seems likely that its source is Jonathan Swift – see further Freakonomics – Quotes Uncovered: How Lies Travel. Read the rest of this entry »





Conference: Press Regulation in an Era of Convergence, 24 September 2015

23 07 2015

Middlesex_University_logoMedia convergence enables citizens to use the same devices so as to access a diverse range of content that was formerly tied to specific platforms. It also presents a policy challenge as regulators struggle to accommodate new technological and market realities within existing governance structures. Read the rest of this entry »





Crowdfunding: Above the Law: How News International Got Away – James Doleman

20 07 2015

jamesdolemanIn 2011, the British public and press were enraptured with the revelations of phone hacking at the News of the World. Rupert Murdoch referred to appearing at parliament  as ‘the most humble day of my life’ The conglomorate looked down and out.  Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 20 July 2015

20 07 2015

WeeklyNews2On 17 July 2015, the Divisional Court declared that section 1 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 was inconsistent with EU law and made an order for disapplication suspended until 31 March 2016. The Government has indicated its intention to appeal. Read the rest of this entry »








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