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 »





“Red faces all round”, the hacking of Ashley Madison – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

26 07 2015

Ashley MadisonThere were probably some awkward silences amongst a number of married couples around the world on Sunday evening and into Monday morning last week as news broke that a specialist adult dating site had been hacked. Read the rest of this entry »





The Davis judgement: does Article 8 of the European Charter go beyond Article 8 of the ECHR? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

25 07 2015

bulk-retentionThe latest episode of the UK saga “and what do we do with data retention laws” has been issued by the English High Court, with its judgement in the case David Davis and Ors  v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 2092 (Admin). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ZYT v Associated, Tipping the balance, when is it in the public interest to take a look at a “private” relationship? – Kathy May

25 07 2015

Silhouete CoupleThe case of ZYT and another v Associated Newspapers Ltd  ([2015] EWHC 1162 (QB)) was (what is now) a comparatively rare example of an injunction being sought and granted in a privacy claim against a newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Canada: Niemela v Google Inc, British Columbia Court dismisses claim for worldwide libel injunction against Google – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori

24 07 2015

Google-Logo-Stone-WallIn the case of Niemela v Google (2015 BCSC 1024) the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed a claim for a worldwide interim libel injunction against Google by a Vancouver lawyer who had been subject to online abuse by someone he alleged to have been a former client.  The Judge entered summary judgment for Google on the whole action. 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 »








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