Media freedom has come a long way in Africa, but it’s still precarious – Tawana Kupe

5 05 2016

image-20160428-28061-vwfzm1Reporters Without Borders’ latest World Press Freedom Index shows two interesting things. Namibia, ranked number 17, has the most improved press freedom environment in the world. And Africa, with the exception of North Africa, came second in rankings on the most improved media environment since 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





This isn’t public policy: the prelude to the BBC White Paper – Des Freedman

4 05 2016

PA-25302070It is hard to know whether the recent rumours about the contents of the forthcoming White Paper on the future of the BBC should be seen as light entertainment or crime drama. Three leading Sunday newspapers revealed that the government plans to interfere in the scheduling of popular programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, Silent Witness and the News at Ten. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: On World Press Freedom Day, the inevitable calls for reform of defamation law focus on the wrong issues – Eoin O’Dell

3 05 2016

wpfd2016Today is World Press Freedom Day. The UN/UNESCO Declarations on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media were adopted on 3 May 1991, at a seminar on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press, held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 29 April to 3 May 1991. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson Report showed only the tip of the iceberg on tabloid abuse of the press – Jonathan Coad

3 05 2016

image-20160427-30950-10ckm6The reminder that the Hillsborough inquiry gave us of the appalling role that The Sun played in the trauma and heartbreak of the families of the victims is a good moment to remember that it is (amongst other Fleet St Goliaths) The Sun that insists that it be permitted to regulate itself. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 2 May 2016

2 05 2016

Website-News-RoundupThe most important media law news story of last week was the decision of Mr Justice Mann allowing a number phone-hacking damages claims against The Sun to proceed. News Group Newspapers (NGN), which has already settled more than 1,000 phone hacking claims against the News of the World now faces a substantial number of claims against its daily title. Read the rest of this entry »





Finally, the truth about Hillsborough (but you won’t read it on the front of The Sun) – John Jewell

30 04 2016

image-20160427-30950-14wvpmkAs Jared Ficklin wrote here, the verdicts returned at the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 completely vindicate the 27-year campaign for justice resolutely undertaken by the families of the 96 who died. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 25 April 2016

25 04 2016

weekly roundupThis was a busy week in the Courts.  The most important case was the “celebrity threesome” case of PJS v News Group Newspapers. On Monday 18 April 2016, the Court of Appeal (Jackson, King and Simon LJJ) decided that the injunction should be discharged ([2016] EWCA Civ 393). Read the rest of this entry »








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