Libel reform: government’s proposals – The Guardian

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The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Libel law reform announced – Ministry of Justice

“New measures to support free speech, enable people to protect their reputation and help stop the use of unreasonable threats of being sued for libel were announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 15th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Defamation Bill intended to kill off ‘libel tourism’ – The Independent

Posted March 15th, 2011 in bills, choice of forum, defamation, defences, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

“Major changes to Britain’s antiquated defamation laws will be outlined by ministers today with the publication of a bill to provide greater protection for free speech and an end to ‘libel tourism’.”

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The Independent, 15th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Sir Fred Goodwin, RBS chief, takes out gagging order – Daily Telegraph

“The existence of the injunction was revealed by John Hemming, a back-bench Liberal Democrat MP, during a business debate in the House of Commons yesterday morning. His comments are protected by parliamentary privilege, which means he cannot face court proceedings for revealing the injunction’s existence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fresh bid to evict peace campaigner Brian Haw

Posted March 1st, 2011 in demonstrations, freedom of expression, London, news by sally

“The mayor of London has returned to the High Court in a fresh bid to evict veteran peace campaigner Brian Haw from Parliament Square Gardens.”

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The Independent, 28th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Crisis of identity: why English law needs to protect our personalities – The Guardian

Posted February 24th, 2011 in confidentiality, defamation, freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“Portrayals of real people in docudramas and novels have made millions for authors and film-makers. But what of their subjects?”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Luton army parade protesters lose High Court appeal – BBC News

“Five Muslim men who disrupted a march by soldiers who had just returned from Afghanistan have lost an appeal against convictions for public order offences.”

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BBC News, 16th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

General Synod backs ban on clergy joining the BNP – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2011 in clergy, freedom of expression, news, political parties by sally

“The Church of England has backed draft legislation paving the way for a ban on clergy membership of the BNP – in spite of warnings about creating ‘martyrs’ to free speech.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Essex dinner lady Carol Hill loses compensation bid – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2011 in employment tribunals, freedom of expression, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“An Essex dinner lady, who was sacked after telling parents their daughter had been bullied, has lost her claim for compensation.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

JIH v News Group Newspapers Ltd – WLR Daily

JIH v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 42; [2011] WLR (D) 27

“Where a claimant applied for an injunction restraining publication of private information and sought reporting restrictions, in balancing the rights of the individual to confidentiality against the public interest in freedom of expression, generally the court would either direct that the claimant’s name be anonymised but disclosure of the nature of the information was permitted, or direct that the claimant could be named but the nature of the information was not to be identified.”

WLR Daily, 1st February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Campbell libel ruling exposes ‘deeply flawed’ CFA system – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 28th, 2011 in costs, defamation, fees, freedom of expression, news by sally

“Bumper success fees for lawyers in libel cases will soon be a thing of the past following last week’s ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the Naomi Campbell case, solicitors predicted this week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

MI5 and MI6 secrecy move ‘threatens press freedoms’ – The Guardian

“Proposals by MI5 and MI6 to extend courtroom secrecy to civil trials would unfairly restrict the right of the media to act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the public, the supreme court heard today (25 January).”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

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Koran-protest US pastor Terry Jones banned from UK – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 21st, 2011 in freedom of expression, immigration, inciting religious hatred, news by sally

“The American pastor who sparked a global controversy when he threatened to burn the Koran has been banned from entering Britain by the Home Office.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Max Mosley’s privacy claim reaches the European court of human rights – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2011 in freedom of expression, human rights, injunctions, media, news, privacy by sally

“Max Mosley will appear in court today in a final attempt to change the law on privacy, in a case that could have far-reaching implications for the UK’s media.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Reform of libel laws set to open up the right of free speech – The Independent

Posted January 7th, 2011 in defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“Sweeping changes to England’s much-criticised libel laws will be introduced, Nick Clegg will announce today.”

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The Independent, 7th January 2011

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‘Bully claim’ Essex dinner lady was unfairly sacked – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2011 in employment tribunals, freedom of expression, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“An Essex dinner lady sacked after telling a couple their child had been bullied was dismissed unfairly, a tribunal has ruled.”

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BBC News, 6th January 2011

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Max Mosley’s privacy campaign reaches Strasbourg – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2011 in freedom of expression, human rights, injunctions, media, news, privacy by sally

“Max Mosley, the former president of motorsport’s governing body the FIA and winner of a famous privacy victory over the News of the World, goes to the European court of human rights next week to seek a major restraint on press freedom.”

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The Guardian, 4th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Online publishers and hosts launch libel reform campaign – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 23rd, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

“Internet publishers and ISPs have joined forces to ask the Government to reform libel laws to protect the free speech rights of bloggers and commenters and to strip host companies of liability for libellous statements.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Donald v Ntuli – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2010 in anonymity, freedom of expression, human rights, injunctions, law reports, privacy by sally

Donald v Ntuli [2010] EWCA Civ 1276; [2010] WLR (D) 291

“Whether, in view of the principle of open justice, it was necessary for a court to restrain publication of the existence of proceedings and the anonymity of the parties, depended on the facts of the particular case. Restrictions should be the least that could be imposed, consistent with the protection of a party’s right to respect for that party’s private and family life, and whether the continued anonymity was justified by the fact that there might be a significant risk of serious consequences to that right which might not be remediable.”

WLR Daily, 17th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Watkins v Woolas – WLR Daily

Watkins v Woolas [2010] EWHC 2702 (QB); [2010] WLR (D) 288

“S 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, which imposed the penalties for an election candidate found guilty of a corrupt or illegal practice, was compatible with the right to freedom of expression contained in art 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The interference with the right to freedom of expression by s 106 and the penalties imposed for breach of that section were proportionate to the legitimate aim of the section.”

WLR Daily, 12th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.