Our dishonest press is too powerful: it will use propaganda to stop proper regulation – Jonathan Coad

25 01 2017

brexit-speechDuring the Leveson Inquiry, there was, apparently, an intense David versus Goliath battle being fought by Fleet Street. Read the rest of this entry »





The Daily Mirror Sues a Source From Whom It Stole a Story – Jonathan Coad

29 07 2016

Daily Mirror front page- Tulisa and Danny SimpsonThe Court of Appeal gave judgment on 26 July 2016 in a case which the Mirror is suing a young single mother called Stephanie Ward from which whom it stole a story which the paper then published as an “exclusive” on its front page. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Simpson v MGN, Court of Appeal creates a new distinction between “defamatory meaning” and “sting” – Jonathan Coad

26 07 2016

SimpsonIn a judgment which betrays the complete lack of familiarity the law of defamation of its panel of three the Court of Appeal has overturned decades of precedent on a key issue in defamation proceedings, which is the establishment at an early stage of the defamatory meaning/sting of a publication (the two terms being synonyms). Read the rest of this entry »





The end of privacy? It’s become far too common to shame people on social media – Jonathan Coad

24 07 2016

mathers-MAINThere is ample evidence that when used ethically and while abiding by the sublime ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you‘ principle, social media can be a force for good. It allows the forging of friendships, the increase in understanding between different social and ethnic groups, the communication of ideas and so forth. Read the rest of this entry »





The Courts Both Uphold the Rule of Law and Prioritise the Human Rights of Individuals and Children Over the Commercial Interests of the Tabloid Press – Jonathan Coad

31 05 2016

Sun PJSThe PJS v NGN injunction case is just another ugly example of a paid tabloid betrayal/kiss-and- tell story without a shred of genuine public interest while of considerable financial value to both the betrayer and the newspaper. Rarely does a legal case receive so much press attention as when tabloids are outraged by their inability to report on a celebrity threesome they claim is of interest to the public (rather than of legitimate public interest). Read the rest of this entry »





The weird world of IPSO where “proportionate” means disproportionate, and “inaccurate” becomes accurate if someone else has said it first – Jonathan Coad

27 05 2016

whirlpool-applaince-repairsJust as did its predecessor the Press Complaints Commission, IPSO applies the kind of perverse reasoning to the commercial advantage of its sponsors and creators which you would expect from a regulator which in defiance of both the will of parliament and the public has been set up by the press, funded by the press, the Code written by the press, its personnel appointed by the press, and with press delegates in the form of ex-editors on its complaints committee.  Read the rest of this entry »





Ipso Fails Another Big Test Over Sun’s ‘Queen Backs Brexit’ Headline – Jonathan Coad

18 05 2016

sun-queen-backs-brexitThe Sun’s notorious “QUEEN BACKS BREXIT” headline was published on 9 March. The Queen’s complaint was made on the same day. Some 10 weeks later Ipso has published its adjudication despite claiming on its website to offer a “speedy resolution” to complaints. Read the rest of this entry »