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 »





Imagine if Google or Facebook took a line on the EU referendum – Martin Moore

7 06 2016

EU ReferendumImagine if on June 23 this year British citizens looking at google.co.uk found the words #VoteIn towards the bottom of the search page. Perhaps they would ignore it and go about their business, or perhaps it would remind them that they had not yet voted and ought to before it was too late. Whatever their views on the EU referendum, such an expression of partisanship may surprise them. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, South Africa: Democratic Alliance v ANC, Election text message was “comment” – Eloise le Santo

10 02 2015

Nkandla-zuma(R)On 19 January 2015, the Constitutional Court of South Africa handed down judgment in the case of Democratic Alliance v African National Congress and Another ([2015] ZACC 1), a case concerning text text messages relating to President Jacob Zuma sent to over 1.5 million voters by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the run up to the 2014 general elections. Read the rest of this entry »





The special status of the press in election laws – Jacob Rowbottom

20 06 2012

In his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry last week, Sir John Major put his finger on one of the central difficulties raised by the political role of the British press. When discussing Rupert Murdoch, he said:

‘I think the sheer scale of the influence he is believed to have, whether he exercises it or not, is an unattractive facet in British national life, and it does seem to me an oddity that in a nation which prides itself on one man, one vote, we should have one man who can’t vote with a large collection of newspapers and a large share of the electronic media outlet.Read the rest of this entry »