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

British Chiropractic Association v Singh – WLR Daily

British Chiropractic Association v Singh [2010] EWCA Civ 350; [2010] WLR (D) 96

“A statement, made by a scientific journalist in a newspaper article, that there was ‘not a jot of evidence’ to support a professional body’s claims of certain medical benefits resulting from its members’ treatment of patients was not an assertion of fact but a statement of opinion.”

WLR Daily, 12th April 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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

Overhaul of libel laws ‘will have to wait’ – The Independent

Posted April 8th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“Plans to cut the profits of law firms who bring libel claims against the media have been dropped, MPs have been told. Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, had promised an overhaul of Britain’s libel laws after a review found the rules had a ‘chilling effect’ on freedom of expression. Among the reforms was a draft law to reduce the fees charged by ‘no-win no-fee’ lawyers in defamation cases from 100 per cent to 10 per cent.”

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The Independent, 8th April 2010

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Superinjunctions inquiry to start work next month – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2010 in freedom of expression, injunctions, inquiries, media, news by sally

“Superinjunctions are to be examined by a powerful committee of judges and lawyers, it was announced today, after months of speculation about the impact of the legal restrictions on press freedom.”

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The Guardian, 6th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministry of Justice orders legal review of superinjunctions – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2010 in freedom of expression, injunctions, media, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“A legal review of the use of superinjunctions to suppress media reporting has been ordered by the Ministry of Justice.”

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The Guardian, 5th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Simon Singh wins libel court battle – The Guardian

“Science writer Simon Singh today won his court of appeal battle for the right to rely on the defence of fair comment in a libel action.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Reform of libel laws will protect freedom of expression – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 24th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Reforms of the law on libel will be taken forward in the next Parliament, Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jack Straw unveils plan to curb libel tourism – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, news, public interest by sally

“Overseas claimants will be discouraged from launching libel cases in UK courts and a ‘public interest’ defence may be introduced to protect investigative journalism, under legal changes unveiled today.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Reform of libel laws will protect freedom of expression – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, news, public interest by sally

“Justice secretary Jack Straw explains why he is proposing a law to curtail ‘libel tourism’ and create a ‘public interest’ defence.”

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Tech chiefs attack digital economy bill – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2010 in bills, copyright, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

“Amendments made to the digital economy bill by the House of Lords threaten freedom of speech and will lead to British websites being blocked without due judicial process, the bosses of leading technology companies said today.”

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The Guardian, 10th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

PCC rejects complaint over Jan Moir column about Stephen Gately’s death – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2010 in complaints, freedom of expression, homosexuality, media, news by sally

“The Press Complaints Commission has rejected a complaint from the partner of Stephen Gately, the Boyzone singer who died suddenly in October, over an article by the Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir.”

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The Guardian, 18th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk