Ofcom could face judicial review over Murdoch’s Sky takeover – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in competition, media, mergers, news by sally

‘A campaigning group opposed to Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Sky is threatening a legal challenge to the media regulator’s ruling that the broadcaster would remain “fit and proper” to hold a UK licence if it was snapped up by 21st Century Fox.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2017

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DPP raps ‘inaccurate’ press reports of rape prosecutions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 15th, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, media, news, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘The director of public prosecutions has today condemned ‘inaccurate’ media coverage of the Crown Prosecution Service’s approach to rape cases, stressing that prosecutions and convictions have significantly increased.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th August 2017

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‘Worrying trend’ of freedom of the press in the UK as country ranks 40 in latest Reporters Without Borders index – The Independent

Posted August 15th, 2017 in freedom of expression, media, news, reports by sally

‘A “heavy handed approach” often in the name of national security has seen the UK slip in the rankings of countries with the world’s freest press, according to a new report by Reporters Without Borders.’

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The Independent, 14th August 2017

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Publishing salacious material as public interest besmirches press freedom – The Guardian

‘Seedy legal plea to name couple filmed having sex by police officer Adrian Pogmore is anything but a matter of high principle.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2017

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Mail on Sunday censured for ‘misleading’ attack on top QC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 8th, 2017 in barristers, complaints, media, news, professional conduct, queen's counsel by sally

‘The independent press regulator has ruled in favour of a leading QC after she complained about an article which appeared in the Mail on Sunday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th August 2017

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Ten years on from Baby P’s death, social workers are still scapegoats – The Guardian

‘Social services were blamed for missing abuse while police and NHS failings were brushed under the carpet. Here’s what has happened since.’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2017

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The Sun to pay ‘substantial damages’ to ex EastEnders boss – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2017 in damages, defamation, media, news by sally

‘The Sun newspaper is to pay “substantial damages” to former EastEnders boss Sean O’Connor, after wrongly accusing him of bullying.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2017

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Ofcom bans Iman FM radio station over broadcasts of al-Qaida cleric – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in complaints, licensing, media, news, public order by tracey

‘A local radio station in Sheffield has been taken off air by Ofcom after it broadcast 25 hours of lectures by an alleged former al-Qaida leader.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2017

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Madonna and twin girls accept damages over Mail Online article – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in adoption, damages, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘Madonna and her twin daughters, Stella and Estere, have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over a “serious invasion of privacy”.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2017

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The clash between open justice and one’s good name – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 21st, 2017 in anonymity, contempt of court, human rights, media, news by tracey

‘Khuja (formerly known as PNM) v. Times Newspapers [2017] UKSC 49, Supreme Court. The outcome of this case is summed up in its title, an unsuccessful attempt to retain anonymity in press reporting. It is a stark instance of how someone involved in investigations into very serious offences cannot suppress any allegations which may have surfaced in open court, even though no prosecution was ever brought against them.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th July 2017

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UK terror convictions rising, BBC Jihadist database shows – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2017 in media, news, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘More than 100 people in the UK have been convicted of terrorism offences related to Syria and Iraq since 2014, research by the BBC has revealed.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2017

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Media litigators unhappy with procedure and costs budgeting – Litigation Futures

‘Lawyers and other users of the new media and communications list are unhappy with how the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) apply to the field, and particularly costs budgeting, according to the outcome of a consultation launched by Mr Justice Warby.’

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Law & Religion UK, 3rd July 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Free speech and e-media – Counsel

‘Google, Facebook, Twitter and other intermediaries increasingly face a broadly united front of protest. Is it time to regulate? asks Richard Spearman QC.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Range of factors behind fall in number of defamation cases, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 8th, 2017 in data protection, defamation, media, news, statistics by sally

‘A change in the law that makes it more challenging to prove defamation in England and Wales is just one reason why the number of defamation cases brought in the UK fell last year, according to a media law expert.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th June 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Government fails to block release of Andrew Lansley diary portions – The Guardian

‘Court rules in favour of journalist Simon Lewis who made FoI request to see diary passages from period of health reforms.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2017

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Actress Elizabeth Hurley awarded phone-hacking damages – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2017 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Elizabeth Hurley has received “substantial” damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over phone-hacking.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2017

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Whistleblowers and journalists ‘at risk of prison’ in secrets law reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 17th, 2017 in civil servants, media, news, official secrets act, whistleblowers by sally

‘Proposals by the Law Commission to reform the 1989 Official Secrets Act (OSA) could lead to the imprisonment of civil servants and journalists for disclosing information that would be available to anyone asking for it under the Freedom of Information Act, a leading campaigner for freedom of information has said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th May 2017

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Calls for Ofcom to block Sky takeover until Fox News cases are resolved – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2017 in confidentiality, harassment, media, news, takeovers by sally

’21st Century Fox’s takeover of Sky should be blocked until allegations of sexual and racial harassment at Fox News have been resolved, according to a lawyer representing alleged victims in the US.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2017

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Fox News must let Ofcom meet harassment victims, lawyer says – The Guardian

‘Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox should waive gagging orders on victims of alleged racial and sexual harassment at Fox News so they can speak to the UK media watchdog, a lawyer representing the victims has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2017

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Alien ‘chestburster’ scene in ITV News Sir John Hurt tribute breached code, Ofcom rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2017 in children, complaints, media, news by sally

‘ITV News breached the broadcasting code in a tribute to actor Sir John Hurt, watchdog Ofcom has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2017

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