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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

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

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.

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

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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