Recent ruling a reminder that journalistic defence can defeat data protection breach claims, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘ A ruling by the High Court in London last month highlights the special rules that publishers can rely on under UK data protection law to defeat claims that they have processed personal data unlawfully.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2017

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Section 32 DPA: Resistance not Futile – Panopticon

‘We have banged the drum on Panopticon to almost Phil Collins-like levels on theme of the growing utility of the Data Protection Act to media lawyers, but it would be foolish to pretend it can always produce an answer from nowhere in a traditional journalism context. The judgment in ZXC v Bloomberg LP [2017] EWHC 328 (QB) reminds us of that.’

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Panopticon, 6th March 2017

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Speech by Mr Justice Singh: Divided by a common language – American and British perspectives on constitutional law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Divided by a common language: American and British perspectives on constitutional law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th February 2017

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Whistleblowers endangered in digital age, says lawyers’ report – The Guardian

‘Whistleblowers need better legal protection because they are far easier to identify in the digital era and successive laws have undermined their status, according to a report by media lawyers.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2017

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Leading terror trial QC to be counter-terror laws watchdog – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2017 in freedom of expression, legislation, news, queen's counsel, terrorism by sally

‘Max Hill QC, a leading prosecutor in many of the most serious terrorism trials, has been named the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2017

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UK legal academics urge PM to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2017 in freedom of expression, legal education, news, rule of law, teachers, universities by sally

‘Theresa May has been urged by 250 legal academics to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit and scale back Britain’s support for the US until he reverses his positions on immigration, refugees, torture, climate change and judicial independence.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2017

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More than nine in 10 UK universities restrict free speech on campus, report claims – The Independent

Posted February 14th, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, universities by sally

‘More than nine in 10 UK universities are restrictive of free speech, according to a new report that raises concerns over the issue of censorship on campuses.’

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The Independent, 13th February 2017

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Whistleblowers keep us safe. We can’t allow them to be silenced – The Guardian

‘With its proposed changes to the Official Secrets Act, the Law Commission would make it all but impossible for government wrongdoing to be exposed.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2017

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Naked gardener Robert Jenner denies 13 offences – BBC News

Posted February 7th, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, public order by sally

‘A man who carried out DIY tasks and gardening while naked was seen bending over in his garden wearing only his work boots, a court has heard.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2017

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Putting Women on the Front Foot: The Joint Committee Report on High Heels and Dress Codes at Work – Cloisters

‘The Joint Committee report on high heels and dress codes at work shows that discriminatory dress codes can promote the sexualised objectification of women at work, disadvantage people with disabilities, inhibit employment prospects, impair work performance and cause long term and substantial damage to health.’

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Cloisters, 26th January 2017

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Transgender woman denied contact with her ultra-Orthodox Jewish children – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2017 in contact orders, equality, freedom of expression, Judaism, news, transsexuals by sally

‘A transgender woman has been denied direct contact with her five children on the basis they would be shunned by their ultra-Orthodox Jewish community if she were allowed to meet them.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2017

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Anonymity – London Review of Books

‘Anonymous and pseudonymous publication has a long history. It may now be the exception in literary and specialist journalism, but at the start of the 19th century it was pretty much the rule – to the extent that France in 1850 legislated to forbid the publication of unsigned articles on philosophical, political and religious subjects. A new book by Eric Barendt, Anonymous Speech: Literature, Law and Politics (Hart, £25), traces the contemporaneous voluntary abandonment of anonymity in England and the often pompous arguments that accompanied it. The fact was that journals’ recruitment of well-known writers – Thackeray, Dickens – was starting to put a premium on names. So when the Fortnightly Review started up in 1865, it announced that all its articles would be signed and free of editorial pressure. By contrast, from its foundation in 1913 the New Statesman anonymised its contributors, though the editor, having explained that this was necessary in order to establish a common style and tone, couldn’t resist announcing that Sidney Webb and Bernard Shaw would be writing for it. In 1925 the Spectator, after not quite a hundred years of unsigned articles, abandoned anonymity, and the New Statesman followed. Articles in the TLS remained anonymous until 1974, and obituaries in the Times and Telegraph are unsigned to this day. So are the entirety of the Economist and the bulk of Private Eye.’

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London Review of Books, 19th January 2017

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Section 40: Will the press be forced to pay the costs in court cases – even if they win? – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2017 in consultations, costs, freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The Big Question: Are press reforms needed in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, or will they prove financially ruinous to some outlets?’

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The Independent, 9th January 2017

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All prisoners should be allowed to wear their own clothes because transgender inmates can, inspectors say – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 5th, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, prisons, reports, transsexuals by tracey

‘Prisoners should be allowed to wear their own clothes in jail because transgender inmates are allowed to wear dresses and make-up, inspectors have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2017

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Jedi order fails in attempt to register as religious group – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2016 in charities, freedom of expression, news by sally

‘A Star Wars-inspired organisation has failed to use the force of its arguments to convince the charity watchdog that it should be considered a religious organisation.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2016

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The right to disagree – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted December 14th, 2016 in freedom of expression, judiciary, news by sally

‘John F Kennedy said: “Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.” I don’t agree entirely. Learning is always valuable, but I do agree that liberty is at risk, or in peril, without learning. As individuals, citizens and as lawyers, we have a responsibility to ensure that there is an awareness of, and appreciation for, the justice system in the UK. It is not easy to value something that is not understood.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th December 2016

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‘Pathetic and puerile’ racist convicted of harassing MP Luciana Berger – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2016 in freedom of expression, harassment, internet, news, parliament, racism by tracey

‘A racist serial internet troll has been found guilty of harassing MP Luciana Berger in a string of anti-Jewish rants sent after the jailing of a fellow far-right extremist.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2016

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‘Prevent’ counter-extremism strategy faces legal challenge – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2016 in freedom of expression, human rights, news, universities by sally

‘A key part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent, is to face a legal challenge in the High Court on Tuesday.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2016

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Hate preacher laws may need re-examining, says independent reviewer – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in freedom of expression, hate crime, news, terrorism by sally

‘Extra legal powers may be needed to prosecute hate preachers who encourage violent radicalisation in private conversations, according to the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2016

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Digital Economy Bill passed by MPs, forcing people to ask if they want to watch porn – The Independent

Posted November 29th, 2016 in bills, freedom of expression, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘The law has been criticised both by free speech advocates as well as those who want it to cover more websites.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2016

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