Electioneering in the social media age – Sharon Coen

19 05 2017

File 20170517 24325 1sse1htBritain is engaged in a General Election contest and once again political parties are investing money, time and energy in their online presence. The Tories are ploughing cash into Instagram adverts and Labour is doing its best to keep up. Read the rest of this entry »





The Tories hand the press their get-out-of-jail-free card – Brian Cathcart

18 05 2017

The Conservative election manifesto [pdf] reveals with absolute clarity the depth of Theresa May’s subservience to the billionaire-owned, Brexit-backing corporate national press. Read the rest of this entry »





Breaking the election silence: cross-border reporting of election day polls – Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Jonathan Price

18 05 2017

Last week, as French voters went to the polls to choose their new president, the usual 32-hour period of enforced electoral silence fell throughout the Republic. In France, just as in the UK, candidates and their supporters are banned from campaigning, and the media is forbidden from reporting results, or even estimates of results such as opinion polls or exit polls, or from carrying campaigners’ statements.   Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Why media reform has been so hard to achieve – Tim Dwyer

17 05 2017

File 20170510 21610 yoybhqFrom the mid-20th century, there has been substantial international support for plurality of media ownership. Policies designed to limit the number of media outlets owned or controlled by one proprietor have been seen as a precondition for achieving a diverse range of viewpoints. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (P) v Home Secretary, The right to put your past behind you and Article 8 – David Hart QC

17 05 2017

In the case of R (o.t.a P & others) v. Secretary of State for Home Department & others ([2017] EWCA Civ 321)  the Court of Appeal upheld challenges to the system of the police retaining information about past misconduct. It held that the system, even after a re-boot in 2013 in response to an earlier successful challenge, remains non-compliant with Article 8Read the rest of this entry »





Damages and compensation for invasion of privacy and data protection infringements – Eoin O’Dell [updated]

16 05 2017

The saga in Bollea v Gawker shows two remedies for invasion of privacy. Hulk Hogan (real name, Terry Gene Bollea; pictured left), is a former professional wrestler and American television personality. Gawker was a celebrity news and gossip blog based in New York. In October 2012, Gawker posted portions of a secretly-recorded video of Hogan having sex in 2006 with one Heather Cole, who (as Heather Clem) was the then-wife of his then-best-friend (the wonderfully-monikered radio personality Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem). Read the rest of this entry »





Regional newspapers can thrive again if they go back to their community role – Rachel Matthews

16 05 2017

Local newspapers are contradictory things. They are dismissed as “rags” and yet their familiar names are are part of the glue which holds communities together. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »