Richard Nixon’s authoritarian loathing of the media lives on in Donald Trump – Randall J. Stephens

23 02 2017

When things go wrong for the president, his administration in crisis mode and his approval rating down to a weekly average of 41%, he turns to the press, anger in his eyes. He pleads, cajoles, or mocks. That could describe either Donald J. Trump or Richard M. Nixon. Two men who needed the media and courted its favour, but who can’t and couldn’t resist denouncing and vilifying it in the harshest terms. Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up, No. 15

21 02 2017

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 20 February 2017

20 02 2017

weekly-news-roundupIn a rare radio interview this week the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, said that politicians were too slow to defend judges after November’s Brexit case. He said said that the attack on the judiciary was “undermining the rule of law” and that politicians “could have been quicker and clearer” in their defence. These attacks included a Daily Mail front page which described three high court judges as “enemies of the people.” Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Leveson Part 2, Refuting the Myths about the Inquiry

19 02 2017

we-want-the-truth-e1484065099964As part of a campaign in favour of the commencement of the promised Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into the “Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press” Hacked Off has published a document [pdf] refuting a number of the myths that have been promoted in the press concerning this Inquiry.  Read the rest of this entry »





How has media policy responded to fake news? – Emma Goodman

17 02 2017

fake-news-key-boardThe UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee recently  launched an inquiry into ‘fake news’ which the Committee chair describes as a “threat to democracy” that “undermines confidence in the media in general.” Read the rest of this entry »





Brand Beckham will weather the email storm – John Jewell

12 02 2017

beckhamIf nothing else, the David Beckham email scandal has provided some welcome respite from the apparently perpetual news agenda of Trump and Brexit. It seems that the previously pristine and relatively scandal-free (at least in the past decade) sporting icon may not be as golden as his carefully cultivated image might suggest. Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project, Reporting Watch: Re X – a trade off between privacy and anonymity?

12 02 2017

masksbygetdownonflickr-1024x675Two judgments have recently been published by Mr Justice Bodey in a financial remedy case. The case is interesting in terms of the law around financial remedies, and from a transparency perspective. Read the rest of this entry »