News: Shipping Magnate’s son loses rape claim libel case – Media Lawyer

28 07 2016

EconomouA shipping magnate’s son who said he endured a five-week “public rubbishing” because of the actions of the father of a woman who accused him of rape has lost his libel action. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and Injunctions: the Press does not speak for the People – Steven Barnett

17 05 2016

privacy-policy-mainWhen the Court of Appeal overturned a judge’s refusal to grant an injunction to a married celebrity about an alleged “threesome”, much of the British press could barely conceal its fury.  Read the rest of this entry »





“Their Royal Heilnesses”: the Sun, the Royal Family, Public Interest and Freedom of Information

20 07 2015

Sun Royal HeilnessesOn 18 July 2015, the Sun ran a front page “exclusive” showing a picture of the Queen (aged about 7 or 8) and the Queen Mother doing Nazi Salutes. In the background can be seen the then Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII.  The pictures were extracted from a short piece of film – apparently taken in 1933 or 1934 by the future George VI – from the royal family’s archives.  The footage was also made available by the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: A journalist’s belief that they acted in the public interest by paying an official is not a defence, says judge – Martin Hickman

14 12 2014

A picture taken on February 26, 2012 inA journalist’s belief that they acted in the public interest by paying a public official for information does not protect them from the criminal law, a judge said on Friday when giving the jury legal directions in the Sun Six Trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013, A Critical Evaluation, Part 4, “Public Interest” defence – Dan Tench

29 07 2014

Defamation ActIn earlier posts I have dealt with general concerns about the Defamation Act 2013, concerns about section 1, “Serious harm” and the new statutory defences of “truth” and “honest comment” in section 2 and section 3. In this post, I continue setting out concerns with the Defamation Act 2013 by looking at the public interest defence in section 4. Read the rest of this entry »





Inaccurate, untested and uncorrected: another weak and inadequate PCC adjudication

12 03 2014

pccThe Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”) rarely makes adjudications on complaints. Only seven have been published in 2014.  Bearing in mind the fact that the PCC staff and procedures seem likely to be transferred wholesale to the successor body, IPSO, it is worth scrutinising adjudications with some care.  Read the rest of this entry »





Tulisa, Mercer and Yeo: the Journalistic Sting and the Public Interest

26 07 2013

TulisaOver the past couple of months the tabloids, the broadsheets and the broadcasters have been entertaining us with “journalistic sting” stories.  Politicians and celebrities have been caught out by fictitious lobbying companies and the “fake sheikh”. Read the rest of this entry »








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