Australia: what is public interest journalism? – Andrea Carson

15 06 2017

Public interest journalism could be considered the antithesis of media’s darker side, which includes fake news, propaganda, censorship and voyeurism. The outcomes of public interest reporting can expose corruption, launch royal commissions, remove improper politicians from office, and jail wrongdoers. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Economou v de Freitas, Is it interesting? New judgment considers the scope of the ‘public interest’ defence – Oliver Lock

28 09 2016

EconomouThe case of Economou v de Freitas ([2016] EWHC 1853 (QB)) was the first case to substantively consider in detail the new “public interest” defence since the Defamation Act 2013 came into force, clarifying that the Court will place a great deal of weight on whether the Defendant “reasonably believed” the publication was in the public interest and not just on whether it was a general matter of public interest. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





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: 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 »