High Court strips injunction celebrity of anonymity – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 8th, 2010 in anonymity, freedom of expression, injunctions, news, privacy by sally

“The High Court has ordered the identity of a celebrity to be revealed, though it has ordered that information about his private life must remain secret. The celebrity, known in the case as JIH, will be named if an appeal fails.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Attorney General: Contempt of Court: why it still matters – Attorney General’s Office

Posted October 19th, 2010 in bad character, contempt of court, freedom of expression, internet, lectures by sally

“The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, has delivered the Criminal Bar Association’s Kalisher lecture entitled ‘Contempt of Court: why it still matters’.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 12th October 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Comedian wins legal battle to joke about divorce – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2010 in divorce, freedom of expression, human rights, injunctions, news by sally

“A stand-up comedian is finally allowed to joke about his ex-wife on stage after winning a bitter legal dispute in which she tried to gag him.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Clare Balding complaint over AA Gill column upheld – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2010 in complaints, freedom of expression, homosexuality, media, news by sally

“Press watchdog censures writer over Sunday Times column in which he described TV presenter as a ‘dyke on a bike.’ ”

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The Guardian, 17th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Libel challenges by actors and sport stars treble in year – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 3rd, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, injunctions, law firms, media, news, privacy by sally

“Libel lawsuits brought by stars of showbusiness and sport have trebled in the past year, adding to fears over press freedom.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Parliament must clarify privacy law, legal experts demand – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 13th, 2010 in freedom of expression, injunctions, news, privacy by sally

“Privacy laws are being introduced by the back door due to a lack of Parliamentary guidance on the issue, legal experts warned yesterday after Colin Montgomerie became the latest celebrity to obtain an injunction over allegations about his private life.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Celebrities use British laws regarded as toughest in the world – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 12th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, injunctions, news by sally

“Britain’s defamation laws are so tough that it is regarded as an international centre for ‘libel tourism’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Libel law must be changed to protect free speech, Supreme Court hears – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 27th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, internet, news, Supreme Court by sally

“People should be free to criticise each other on the internet without fear of being sued, the Supreme Court heard yesterday in a test libel case which could could make it easier to rely on the fair comment defence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (Gaunt) v Ofcom (Liberty intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted July 16th, 2010 in freedom of expression, law reports, media, ombudsmen, standards by sally

Regina (Gaunt) v Ofcom (Liberty intervening) [2010] EWHC 1756 (Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 180

“It was not a disproportionate interference with a broadcaster’s freedom of expression, or an infringement of his rights under art 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, for the regulator Ofcom to find that the Broadcasting Code had been breached by a broadcast interview containing offensive insults and abuse without contextual content or justification, notwithstanding that the finding might inhibit the broadcaster’s unrestrained freedom to conduct similar interviews in the future.”

WLR Daily, 14th July 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.

Jon Gaunt loses high court case over ‘gratuitous’ interview – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2010 in freedom of expression, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

“Radio presenter defeated in latest stage of legal battle with Ofcom over interview in which he described councillor as a ‘Nazi’.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Britain’s ‘draconian’ libel laws to be reformed – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2010 in consultations, defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“A consultation will take place over the summer before legislation is put before Parliament early in the New Year. Lord McNally, the Justice Secretary, said that there was growing concern about the impact on freedom of expression of the current system.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Libel case over ‘faked’ Channel 4 Jackson family documentary dropped – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2010 in costs, defamation, fees, freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“Channel 4 has spent £1.7m defending a ‘vainglorious’ libel action over allegations it faked a documentary about Michael Jackson’s family moving to Devon.”

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The Guardian, 21st June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord Steyn: Defamation and Privacy: momentum for substantive and procedural change? – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, lectures, media, privacy by sally

“Read Lord Steyn’s Boydell lecture on defamation law and privacy in full.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Press watchdog ‘not toothless’ over Stephen Gately case – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2010 in complaints, freedom of expression, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

“The press watchdog has said it is not ‘toothless’ following its handling of a case surrounding the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.”

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BBC News, 19th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government outlines plans on privacy and surveillance – OUT-LAW.com

“The new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition Government said that it will beef up freedom of information law and reduce the number of people whose details are held on the Government’s DNA database.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th May 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Media judges in the spotlight as Eady J’s future is thrown into doubt – The Lawyer

Posted May 4th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, injunctions, judges, media, news, privacy by sally

“Media law has become an intensely controversial area and the demand for reform is growing, with editors and politicians attempting to influence the debate.”

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The Lawyer, 3rd May 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Privacy & freedom of expression: a delicate balance – Speech by Lord Neuberger, Master of the Rolls

Posted April 30th, 2010 in freedom of expression, privacy, speeches by sally

” Privacy & freedom of expression: a delicate balance – Speech by Lord Neuberger, Master of the Rolls, at Eton on 28th April 2010.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 29th April 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

City lawyer ‘sacked for writing online erotic novel’ sues for £3.5m – Daily Telegraph

“A senior lawyer, Deidre Clark, sacked from a leading city firm after she wrote a sexually explicit online novel is suing her former employers for £3.5 million.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Media: British Chiropractic Association v Dr Simon Singh – Law Society’s Gazette

“While the northern hemisphere is paralysed by the seismic shift that has caused the Icelandic volcano, Mt Eyjafjallajökull, to erupt, the case of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) against Dr Simon Singh promises to have an equally seismic effect on the legal landscape of libel in the UK and the defence of fair comment – especially in the area of scientific debate.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

How many libel cases are there? – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, news, statistics by sally

“As science writer Simon Singh wins his libel case, we look at how the numbers of proceedings have changed.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk