Network set up to support lawyers defending journalists – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2009 in freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“The Media Legal Defence Initiative, launched last week, aims to help journalists around the world by providing lawyers willing to fight for media freedoms.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

House of Lords to back libel law changes – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“Freedom of speech campaigners are claiming victory as the House of Lords is expected to back changes removing ‘anachronistic’ laws which have criminalised libel for more than 700 years.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers to consider bolstering press freedom after ‘super-injunction’ debate – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, media, news by sally

“The government is concerned that double gagging orders – ‘super-injunctions’ – are being used too readily by libel law firms, and will involve the judiciary in a consultation hoping to bring down their use.”

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The Guardian, 21st October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Free speech in parliament is precious, says lord chief justice – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, news, parliament by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge has warned his fellow judges that he cannot envisage any circumstances in which it would be “constitutionally possible or proper” for a court to make an order that gagged debate in parliament. His warning follows the Guardian’s free speech victory last week when lawyers for the oil trading company Trafigura gave up their attempt to gag parliament over its dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

How our senior libel judge stamps on free speech – all over the world – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, injunctions, judges, news by sally

“Mr Justice Eady’s rulings amplify the democratic world’s most illiberal laws – enabled by 12 years of utterly feeble leadership.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Spy v spy at new supreme court as MI5 secrecy is put to the test – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2009 in freedom of expression, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news by sally

“It may not have the ring of a historic legal battle. But the case of A v B, which opened at the new supreme court today, has a significance that goes way beyond the banal soubriquets of the two sides.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Science writer Simon Singh wins ruling in chiropractic libel battle – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2009 in appeals, defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“A science writer who is being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association is to fight on after a preliminary judgment against him was overturned on appeal today.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gordon Brown calls for reform of super-injunctions – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, law firms, media, news, parliament by sally

“Gordon Brown today stepped into the row over the use of super-injunctions that ban reporting of a story and also the existence of the ban, telling MPs the legal tactic was ‘an unfortunate area of the law’.”

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The Guardian, 15th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MP to report Carter-Ruck to Law Society over attempt to gag Guardian – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, law firms, media, news, parliament by sally

“The law firm at the centre of the an unprecedented attempt by a British oil trading firm to prevent the Guardian reporting parliamentary proceedings is to be reported to the Law Society, it emerged today.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawcast 155: The Guardian Gag affair with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

Posted October 14th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, internet, media, parliament, podcasts by sally

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, ex government lawyer, a barrister and author of The Head of Legal blog. We look at whether the Bill of Rights has, in fact, been infringed by the gag, the use of injunctions generally and specifically in this instance, the use of parliamentary privilege and whether the judges are going too far in granting injunctions which can, effectively, be destroyed in their effect by many thousands of angry people on twitter and in the blogosphere.”

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Charon QC, 13th October 2009

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Dutch MP overturns UK entry ban – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2009 in appeals, freedom of expression, immigration, Islam, news by sally

“Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has won an appeal against a Home Office decision barring his entry to the UK.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reporting bans may lose their power in Twitter age says expert after Guardian ban is lifted – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 13th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, internet, news by sally

“The editor of a newspaper which was banned from reporting on the tabling of a question in Parliament has thanked the users of micro-blogging service Twitter for their role in what he called a ‘victory for free speech’.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th October 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Gag on Guardian reporting MP’s Trafigura question lifted – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, media, news, parliament by sally

“The existence of a previously secret injunction against the media by oil traders Trafigura can now be revealed.”

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The Guardian, 13th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Guardian gagged from reporting parliament – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, media, news, parliament by sally

“The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which appear to call into question privileges guaranteeing free speech established under the 1688 Bill of Rights.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Freedom of expression and the role of the Supreme Court – some issues from across the world – Speech by The Rt Hon Lady Justice Arden DBE

Posted August 3rd, 2009 in freedom of expression, speeches, Supreme Court by sally

Freedom of expression and the role of the Supreme Court – some issues from across the world (PDF)

Speech by The Rt Hon Lady Justice Arden DBE

A Judicial-Academic Conference,31st July 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Labour defeat on incitement laws – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2009 in freedom of expression, incitement, news by sally

“Labour has been defeated in the Lords over the issue of free speech and laws against inciting homophobic hatred.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New body to oversee expenses ‘could have chilling effect on MPs’ freedom of speech’ – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2009 in expenses, freedom of expression, news, parliament by sally

“Gordon Brown’s plans to set up an ­independent body to take charge of parliamentary expenses could have a ‘chilling effect’ on MPs’ freedom of speech, the most senior official in the House of Commons warned today.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

In re British Broadcasting Corporation: Attorney-General’s Reference (No 3 of 1999) – Times Law Reports

Posted June 18th, 2009 in anonymity, freedom of expression, human rights, law reports, privacy by sally

In re British Broadcasting Corporation: Attorney-General’s Reference (No 3 of 1999)

House of Lords

“Balancing the defendant’s right to privacy under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights against the right of the British Broadcasting Corporation under article 10 of that Convention to freedom of expression and communication, an order made by the House of Lords in October 2000 in an Attorney-General’s reference prohibiting identification of the defendant, D, should be discharged.”

The Times, 18th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Why must a secret service fair hearing be heard in secret? – The Times

“Former MI5 officers guard many secrets. But, as Dame Stella Rimington well knows, they can tell their own stories. A former agent has to seek prior approval for publication from his or her former employers and, if it is not given, any dispute will ultimately be adjudicated by a High Court Judge with all the usual safeguards to ensure a fair trial. Or so it was thought until the Court of Appeal gave judgment in A v B.”

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The Times, 11th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Ministers win vote on gay hatred – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2009 in freedom of expression, homosexuality, incitement, news by sally

“An attempt to insert a defence of ‘free speech’ into a bill designed to criminalise incitement to hatred over sexual orientation has failed.”

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BBC News, 24th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk