Lords vote for second Leveson probe into press conduct – BBC News

‘Peers have backed a proposal that would require Theresa May to proceed with the second stage of the Leveson inquiry.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2018

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Privacy, the common law and a celebrity divorce – Transparency Project

Posted January 10th, 2018 in divorce, family courts, media, news, privacy by sally

‘Under the headline ‘Jamie and Louise Redknapp’s divorce papers to be kept secret as a judge blocks the release of documents’ the Transparency Project reported last week-end that the Press were complaining a London court had ‘blocked the release of papers that would normally be made public and he has not given a reason why’. The Daily Mail, TP said, had complained: ‘A judge has thrown a blanket of secrecy over the’ couple’s divorce.’

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Transparency Project, 9th January 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Celebrities are given a smidgen of privacy at a difficult time in their lives shocker – Transparency Project

Posted January 8th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, family courts, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The Sun are very very cross. Why is that? Well…. Here’s the headline:

REDKNAPP DIVORCE SECRET
Jamie and Louise Redknapp’s divorce papers to be kept secret as a judge blocks the release of documents.’

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Transparency Project, 6th January 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

The perennial pantomime of ‘Divorce D Day’? – Family Law

Posted January 8th, 2018 in divorce, media, news by sally

‘January 8 is being dubbed “Divorce Day” by lawyers because of the spike in couples considering ending their marriages after the festive period’. So says a quality broadsheet. Well, it really ought to know better. Come to that, so should the Press Association announcing a story: ‘”Divorce Day” looms with sharp post-festive rise in couples considering split’.’

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Family Law, 5th January 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Paradise Papers legal action against BBC and Guardian condemned – The Guardian

‘Two of the key media partners in the Paradise Papers investigation have condemned the legal action that is seeking to force the Guardian and the BBC to disclose documents used by reporters.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Ofcom to investigate BBC climate change interview – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2017 in BBC, climate change, complaints, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Media watchdog Ofcom has launched its first broadcasting standards investigation into the BBC since taking over as its regulator in April.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2017

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Jailed Whistle-Blower in Plea for Press Freedoms as Supporters Launch Crowdfunding Campaign – Garden Court Chambers

‘A prison officer who lost his freedom, home and livelihood after being jailed for exposing dangerous and life-threatening failures and cutbacks in the British prison system has spoken out over the “chilling effect” that his case has had on press freedoms in the UK.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 23rd November 2017

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

Competition watchdog delays initial verdict on 21st Century Fox’s Sky deal – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2017 in competition, delay, media, news by sally

‘The UK competition watchdog has delayed by a month its provisional decision on 21st Century Fox’s £11.7bn proposed deal to take full control of Sky in order to allow sufficient time to consider the thousands of submissions it has received.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2017

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Media Litigation: a new approach – Transparency Project

Posted December 4th, 2017 in consultations, defamation, judges, media, news, privacy, statistics by sally

‘Earlier this year Mr Justice Warby was appointed to the newly created role of Judge in Charge of the Media and Communications List. We look at what this means in practice and how it will affect the future management of High Court media claims.’

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Transparency Project, 4th December 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

The data protection bill is yet another legal threat to UK press freedom – The Guardian

‘Proposals to allow the information commissioner to assess journalists’ use of private information before publication could let the powerful off the hook.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2017

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Poppi Worthington inquest: father refuses to answer 69 questions over 13 month-old’s death – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 30th, 2017 in evidence, families, inquests, media, news, police, witnesses by tracey

‘The father of Poppi Worthington refused to answer 69 questions relating to her death in case it incriminated him as it emerged he is now under witness protection.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2017

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Mail Online to pay damages to teacher over Katie Hopkins column – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2017 in damages, defamation, media, news by sally

‘Mail Online, the sister website of the Daily Mail, has apologised and agreed to pay “substantial damages” to a teacher whom the columnist Katie Hopkins falsely accused of taking her class to a Donald Trump protest in Westminster.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2017

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Sir Brian Leveson asked to advise ministers on second press inquiry – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2017 in consultations, government departments, inquiries, media, news by tracey

‘Sir Brian Leveson has been asked to advise ministers on holding the second part of a public inquiry into the British press and is reviewing submissions made by newspapers on future regulation of the sector.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2017

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The Sun cleared over ‘Muslim Problem’ Trevor Kavanagh article – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2017 in complaints, Islam, media, news by tracey

‘The UK’s press regulator has dismissed a complaint against the Sun for a column that referred to “the Muslim Problem”. The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) ruled Trevor Kavanagh’s column was “capable of causing serious offence” but did not breach the Editors’ Code.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2017

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Who protects the social workers? – Transparency Project

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in care workers, harassment, media, news, social services by sally

‘When a child dies, it is often social workers whose names pop up in the press, who are vilified and blamed. Following the recent media attention around the death of adopted Elsie Scully-Hicks (Shayla), this has become a topic of discussion again within the social work community – not that it has ever gone away.’

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Transparency Project, 22nd November 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Why so many sexual harassment cases in US, not UK? – BBC News

‘There are huge differences between UK and US media law – does this explain why more Americans are being accused of sexual harassment?’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2017

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Police officers should not treat journalists like criminals, Met Police commissioner says – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2017 in corruption, media, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘Police officers should be more open and transparent with journalists and should not treat them like criminals, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2017

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SDT issues unprecedented rebuke of SRA over Locke Lord case comments – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2017 in fines, law firms, media, news, privacy, Solicitors Regulation Authority, tribunals by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has made unprecedented public criticism of the Solicitors Regulation Authority over how it presented last week’s decision to fine US law firm Locke Lord a record £500,000.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Police release distressing fictional rape video as part of campaign to increase prosecutions – The Independent

Posted October 31st, 2017 in evidence, media, news, police, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘Police in Leicestershire have released a distressing short film designed to improve conviction rates for rape and serious sexual assaults.’

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The Independent, 31st October 2017

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High Court: TV formats can be protected by copyright even if elements of the shows are spontaneous or changeable – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 27th, 2017 in confidentiality, copyright, documents, media, news, statutory interpretation by sally

‘Media companies that create TV game or quiz shows can win copyright protection for the format of those programmes in certain circumstances, the High Court in London has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com