Keith Vaz, an outbreak of morality? Pull the other one – Brian Cathcart

9 09 2016

keith-vazPicture this. You are in the newsroom of a tabloid national paper and a reporter has just rushed up to the editor.

Reporter – ’Boss! I have shocking news. I have evidence that a senior backbencher has paid for sex!’ Read the rest of this entry »





Corbyn’s digital meh-nifesto is too rooted in the past to offer much for the future – Paul Bernal

8 09 2016

corbynWhile the Labour Party recently launched their Digital Democracy Manifesto with as much fanfare as they could muster, the reaction to it could be safely described in social media terms as “meh”. There was derision from those who deride everything Corbyn says, and very little from the rest of the media, who moved on to more important things such as after work drinks and JK Rowling’s spat with Corbyn’s Twitter followers. Read the rest of this entry »





New UK Decisions on the Data Protection Implications of Information Sharing with Law Enforcement – Alison Knight

6 09 2016

upload-25068__180Determining when the sharing of personal data is legal can be a complicated exercise. Yet, the impetus for governmental agencies to collect and share more and more information is at an unprecedented high. In the EU, this is no more true than in respect of efforts to bolster the fight against crime and terrorism by remedying deficiencies in the exchange of intelligence information with international partners, such as the US. Much of this information may be generated by organisations in the private sector and requested by agencies directly from them. Read the rest of this entry »





Keith Vaz, the Sunday Mirror and the Public Interest: must politicians live by different standards?

5 09 2016

Keith-Vaz-FrontpageOn Sunday 4 September 2016 the Sunday Mirror ran an exclusive concerning Labour MP Keith Vaz.  The headline “Labour MP Keith Vaz and the Prostitutes at His Flat” occupied most of the front page and several  inside pages of the newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Supreme Court gives Mail permission to appeal in human rights challenge to CFAs

5 09 2016

UKSC-exteriorOn 2 August 2016, the Supreme Court (Lords Mance, Clarke and Wilson) gave the Daily Mail permission to appeal [pdf] in the case of Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd, a human rights challenge to CFA success fees and ATE insurance. Read the rest of this entry »





Gazette of Law and Journalism Interview: Tom Blackburn SC

3 09 2016

gazetteAs one of Australia’s leading defamation silks, Tom Blackburn SC has acted for a range of mass media clients, and the occasional plaintiff … He’s leaving the jurisdiction for the big libel smoke of London, and agreed to share his thoughts on privacy, defamation, section 18C and more

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News: Melania Trump’s US Libel Action against MailOnline, what are its prospects of success?

2 09 2016

On 1 September 2016, Melania Trump issued libel proceedings in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County Maryland, against the New York based US publisher of MailOnline, Mail Media Inc, and a US blogger named Webster Griffin Tarpley.  The Complaint can be found here [pdf].  It seems that, under US libel law, such a claim is highly unlikely to succeed. Read the rest of this entry »