BBC among broadcasters to repeatedly breach Ofcom broadcasting code over funded content – The Independent

Posted August 18th, 2015 in BBC, codes of practice, inquiries, media, news by sally

‘International broadcasters including the BBC repeatedly broke the Ofcom code by screening programmes funded by foreign governments, charities and NGOs, an investigation has revealed.’

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The Independent, 17th August 2015

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Sportsman granted injunction over Sun story – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2015 in anonymity, injunctions, media, news, privacy, sport by tracey

‘A “prominent and successful” professional sportsman has been granted an injunction preventing a newspaper from publishing a story about his sexual relationship with a female celebrity.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2015

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Ofcom investigates Sky over complaints of ignored cancellation requests – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2015 in contracts, internet, media, news, regulations, telecommunications by tracey

‘The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom is investigating Sky over concerns that customers’ attempts to cancel their contracts are being ignored.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2015

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Proof of reputational damage necessary for libel actions to succeed, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 6th, 2015 in defamation, evidence, media, news by sally

‘Businesses and people that bring libel actions should not succeed with those claims unless there is proof that the published comments made about them damage, or are likely to damage, their reputation, the High Court in London has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th August 2015

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Book of Mormon ad with sweary Jon Stewart quote escapes ban – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, media, news by sally

‘A newspaper ad promoting the Book of Mormon that featured an expletive-laden endorsement from Jon Stewart has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog.

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The Guardian, 5th August 2015

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The Right to be Forgotten and the County Court – Panopticon

‘The right to be forgotten is beginning to generate some litigation, albeit not yet with any blaze of glory. Following on from the attempt to judicially review the ICO for refusing to try and enforce an individual’s complaint that his data rights were being breached (see here), earlier this week a claimant failed to get his right to be forgotten claim to fly before the Nottingham County Court.’

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Panopticon, 31st July 2015

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Why do the “migrants” in Calais want to come to the UK? – Free Movement

Posted July 31st, 2015 in asylum, immigration, media, news, refugees, statistics by sally

‘”Cockroaches” according to Katie Hopkins. A “swarm” according to our likeminded Prime Minister, David Cameron, and The Daily Mail (again). An “army” according to the popular press, who seem to think we should literally send troops into France (without asking the French, we can assume) to hold the thin red line. “Migrants” to others. Why never “refugees”, though, which is what most of them are? What do we know about who these people are — brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and children, all of them — and why they want to come to the UK?’

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Free Movement, 31st July 2015

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Man loses ‘right to be forgotten’ Google court bid – BBC News

‘A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called “right to be forgotten”.’
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BBC News, 30th July 2015

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Yoga For You TV show issued £25,000 fine from Ofcom after star tells viewers he can cure cancer – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2015 in cancer, fines, media, news by sally

‘The broadcast regulator Ofcom has issued a £25,000 fine after the star of a television show called Yoga for You told viewers that he could cure cancer using “11 holy basil leaves and three black peppers”.’

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The Independent, 29th July 2015

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European Commission sends Statement of Objections in pay-TV investigation – Zenith Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in competition, EC law, licensing, media, news by sally

‘The European Commission has issued a statement of objections to Sky UK and six major US film studies (Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox andWarner Bros).The Commission has formed a preliminary view that a licensing agreement between SkyUK and the studios restricts the ability of Sky to sell its pay-TV services to customersoutside the UK and Ireland.’

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Zenith Chambers, 24th July 2015

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Ofcom clears Top Gear over ‘pikey’ pun – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2015 in BBC, complaints, gipsies, media, news by sally

‘Ofcom has backed a BBC Trust decision not to censure the BBC over using the word “pikey” in an edition of Top Gear.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2015

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Covert surveillance activities need independent oversight, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2015 in evidence, investigatory powers, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) for covert surveillance should be overseen by independent judges to ensure the appropriate legislation is being used, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rf July 2015

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Lack of anti-extremist legislation hasn’t hampered watchdog, says Ofcom chief – The Guardian

‘Ofcom chief executive Sharon White has said the regulator has not been hampered by lack of legislation in cracking down on extremist broadcasts following David Cameron said it should be given beefed-up powers to tackle the issue.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2015

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The Sun launches human rights legal challenge against Metropolitan Police over phone records search – The Independent

‘A legal challenge against the Metropolitan Police by The Sun newspaper – where three reporters say their human rights were breached during the ‘plebgate’ affair – has started at the High Court.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2015

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Phone hacking: Andy Coulson to pay £150,000 legal costs – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in costs, interception, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been ordered to pay £150,000 prosecution costs after his 2014 conviction for phone hacking.’
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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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UK parents to get power to cancel children’s passports over Isis fears – The Guardian

‘Parents worried that their children may be about to travel to Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State (Isis) will be able to apply for their child’s passport to be cancelled, David Cameron has announced in a speech setting out his five-year counter-extremism strategy.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2015

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Met police to face tribunal over decision to access Plebgate phone records – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police is being taken to court in a landmark case over its decision to secretly obtain journalists’ phone records in an attempt to identify the mole behind the Plebgate saga involving the then cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2015

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Dermot O’Leary cleared over swearing during Comic Relief danceathon – BBC News

Posted July 14th, 2015 in complaints, media, news, obscenity by tracey

‘Dermot O’Leary’s been cleared by watchdog Ofcom after swearing during a live broadcast of his 24-hour danceathon on the BBC One Red Button.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2015

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Greater Transparency in Children Proceedings: A Note of Caution – Family Law week

‘Tom Wilson, pupil barrister at 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers, examines the arguments in favour of greater transparency in the family justice system but sounds a note of caution.’

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Family Law Week, 9th July 2015

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Royal Household will fall in sights of £100m child sex abuse inquiry – Daily Telegraph

‘The child sex abuse inquiry is set to last five years and cost up to £100 million, it has been confirmed, as it emerged the Royal Household will not be exempt from scrutiny over paedophile allegations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2015

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