How not to reclaim the internet – Paul Bernal

28 05 2016

reclaim-logo-singleThe new campaign to ‘Reclaim the Internet‘, to ‘take a stand against online abuse’ was launched yesterday – and it could be a really important campaign. The scale and nature of abuse online is appalling – and it is good to see that the campaign does not focus on just one kind of abuse, instead talking about ‘misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia’ and more. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (on the application of C) v Secretary of State for Justice, An open or shut case? – Alasdair Henderson

30 01 2016

lady-haleWhen is it right to keep the names of parties to litigation a secret? That was the difficult question the Supreme Court had to grapple with in the case of  R(C) v. Secretary of State for Justice ([2016] UKSC 2). The decision to allow a double-murderer to remain anonymous led to outraged headlines in the tabloids. Yet the Court reached the unanimous conclusion that this was the right approach. Why? Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: BBC v Roden, Open justice, anonymity and the protection of reputation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

18 06 2015

BBCIn the case of BBC v Roden ([2015] UKEAT 0385_14_1205) Simler J sitting as the Employment Appeal Tribunal overturned a remarkable anonymity order which had been made at the conclusion of Employment Tribunal proceedings to protect the reputation of a claimant who had misled his employers and reaffirmed the importance of open justice. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: A healthcare NHS Trust v P and Q, Transparency in the Court of Protection, press should be allowed names – Rosalind English

22 03 2015

312856-002.jpgIn the case of A healthcare NHS Trust v P & Q ([2015] EWCOP 15) the Court of Protection has clarified the position on revealing the identity of an incapacitated adult where reporting restrictions apply. Read the rest of this entry »





The cloak of anonymity? The naming of rape victims on social media – Clare Brown

20 02 2015

anonymous-femaleThe Ched Evans rape case has polarised opinion, so it’s time for some straight talking. The woman in question is entitled to remain anonymous under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992. The legislation makes it quite clear that the victim in a case of rape is entitled to anonymity in the press.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: SRJ v Persons Unknown, Company loses bid to identify blog author – Media Lawyer

20 07 2014

AnonymityIn the case of SRJ v Persons Unknown ([2014] EWHC 2293 (QB)) a Government contractor has failed in a bid to persuade a judge to order a firm of solicitors to give it the identity of one of its clients who is alleged to have published confidential information in internet blogs. Read the rest of this entry »





Online confessions: the veneer of anonymity – Rhory Robertson and James Hooper

17 07 2014

anonymous-internet-surfer-300x199We are all concerned, or at least we are told we ought to be, with the preservation of our online privacy and confidential information to be contrasted with a pervasive social need to confess intimate or embarrassing details about ourselves.  Read the rest of this entry »








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