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

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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

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Podcast on the Lachaux decision – 5RB

Posted October 20th, 2017 in confidentiality, defamation, media, news, privilege by sally

‘On Tuesday 10th October, 5RB held a panel discussion to review the recent Court of Appeal decision in Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd, Evening Standard Ltd, AOL (UK) Ltd. and its ramifications for the serious harm threshold.’

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5RB, 19th October 2017

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Dragons’ Den-backed fake tan misled users, watchdog rules – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2017 in advertising, media, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘A self-tanning product launched with the help of investment from the Dragons’ Den panel has been found to mislead customers. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found claims by Skinny Tan that its product could “tone” or give “less visible cellulite” could not be proven. Claims that the product was 100% natural were also found to be misleading.’

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BbC News, 18th October 2017

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Opera singer and film writer ex-boyfriend in High Court battle over who wrote the script to a Hollywood blockbuster – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 17th, 2017 in artistic works, intellectual property, media, news by tracey

‘An opera singer is locked in a High Court battle with her film writer former boyfriend over who wrote the script to a Hollywood blockbuster.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2017

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News Media Association fails in claim for judicial review of Press Recognition Panel – Transparency Project

Posted October 16th, 2017 in charters, judicial review, media, news, publishing by sally

‘The High Court has rejected NMA’s claim for judicial review of the PRP’s decision to recognise IMPRESS as an independent, charter-compliant press regulator.’

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Transparency Project, 13th October 2017

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High court rejects challenge to status of UK press regulator – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2017 in defamation, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘The UK’s officially recognised press regulator, Impress, has fought off a high court challenge over its status. The News Media Association (NMA), which represents publishers, said the Press Recognition Panel (PRP), which was set up under a royal charter after the Leveson inquiry, should not have given Impress formal approval a year ago.’

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the Guardian, 12th October 2017

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UK government considers classifying Google and Facebook as publishers – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in freedom of expression, intellectual property, internet, media, news, publishing by sally

‘Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, has said the government is considering changing the legal status of Google, Facebook and other internet companies amid growing concerns about copyright infringement and the spread of extremist material online.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

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Ofcom clears al-Jazeera of antisemitism in exposé of Israeli official – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2017 in media, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Ofcom has cleared al-Jazeera of antisemitism and breaching impartiality rules over an undercover investigation that caught an Israeli embassy official plotting to “take down” British MPs regarded as hostile towards Israel.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

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Grooming victim fear over Coronation Street courtroom error – BBC News

Posted October 4th, 2017 in anonymity, media, news, sexual grooming, victims by sally

‘Child sexual exploitation victims may fear coming forward after a courtroom sketch of a grooming victim was shown in Coronation Street, it is feared.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2017

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Restrictions on media communications in the interests of truth or privacy – 5RB

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in defamation, media, news, privacy by sally

‘This paper challenges the bad image that has been gained by the United Kingdom law of defamation and explains why I do not consider that that image is fair or warranted.’

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5RB, 14th September 2017

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The muslim foster carer case again – what else has emerged? – Transparency Project

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in children, families, fostering, media, news, religious discrimination by sally

‘This week the court held a further hearing, the IRH or Issues Resolution Hearing. In terms of the progress of the case itself, press reports tell us that little AB’s future will be decided at a final hearing in December, meaning that the proposed plan for her long term care is in some way disputed, it seems by the child’s mother. The details are unclear.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd October 2017

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Press watchdog’s future in doubt after chief’s anti-Mail tweets – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2017 in internet, judicial review, media, news, professional conduct, publishing, reports, standards by sally

‘The future of the only government-approved press watchdog, Impress, is in doubt after an internal report concluded that its chief executive had brought the organisation into disrepute and that his position would be untenable if the Daily Mail and the Sun had applied to join.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2017

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Press regulator censures Mail on Sunday for global warming claims – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2017 in agreements, climate change, codes of practice, complaints, media, news by tracey

‘Claims in the Mail on Sunday that global warming data had been exaggerated in order to secure the Paris climate change agreement have been criticised by the UK’s press regulator.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2017

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Court of Appeal clarifies ‘serious harm’ test under defamation laws – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 14th, 2017 in appeals, defamation, media, news by tracey

‘A new ruling by the Court of Appeal has confirmed that it will not be as challenging for people to bring defamation claims before the courts in England and Wales under new defamation laws as many media organisations may have hoped, a specialist in media litigation has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th September 2017

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Landmark appeal judgment dents libel threshold hopes – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Court of Appeal ruling has dealt a blow to hopes that the 2013 Defamation Act would raise the bar to libel actions in England and Wales courts. In Bruno Lachaux v Independent Print Limited and Evening Standard Limited, and Bruno Lachaux v AOL (UK) Limited, the court dismissed an appeal by publishers against a High Court finding that a French national living in Dubai had been caused “serious harm” by the publication of allegations by his former wife.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th September 2017

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Ofcom condemns Channel 4 News for naming wrong man as Westminster attacker – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2017 in codes of practice, media, news, terrorism by tracey

‘The media regulator has found that Channel 4 News seriously breached the broadcasting code by naming the wrong man as the Westminster terror attacker, and has heavily criticised the programme for a string of major mistakes in recent years. Ofcom has taken the highly unusual step of forcing Channel 4 News to make an on-air broadcast of the outcome of its investigation.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2017

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Council wins injunction against duo to prevent disclosure of school information – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 12th, 2017 in confidentiality, disclosure, education, injunctions, local government, media, news by tracey

‘The London Borough of Croydon has secured an injunction to prevent a former headteacher and an educational advocate from disclosing information about a school that it considers confidential.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th September 2017

Source: localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk