Judge names council after deciding knowledge of its social services failures in care case outweighed risk of jigsaw identification of children – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge has severely criticised the London Borough of Haringey’s child social services department, after deciding to name the council following an appeal by the Press Association over an earlier anonymity order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st May 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Suspect under investigation has reasonable expectation of privacy, CoA rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Individuals under investigation by law enforcement bodies have a reasonable expectation of privacy up to the point they are charged, the Court of Appeal has confirmed. Dismissing an appeal by a news agency barred from revealing the identity of a US businessman identified in documents concerning a bribery probe, the court ruled that the fact that an individual is the subject of a criminal investigation is genuinely of a different character from allegations about the conduct being investigated.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th May 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ofcom: Christian TV network aired Covid-19 conspiracies – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2020 in coronavirus, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A Christian television channel founded by a Lagos-based megachurch pastor has been sanctioned by Ofcom for airing “potentially harmful statements” about the Covid-19 pandemic, including a baseless conspiracy that the virus is linked to the rollout of 5G phone networks.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Practice – Mail’s Strikeout Application – NIPC Law

Posted May 18th, 2020 in chambers articles, copyright, damages, data protection, media, news, privacy by sally

‘This was an application by the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online to strike out certain allegations contained in the particulars of claim and further information of the Duchess of Sussex and later the reply in an action that she has brought against the publisher for copyright infringement, misuse of private information and infringement of her rights under the General Data Protection Regulation. The complaint arises from the newspaper’s publication of a letter from the duchess to her father on 10 Feb 2019.’

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NIPC Law, 17th May 2020

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ZXC v Bloomberg: privacy expectations about criminal investigations – Panopticon

‘The Court of Appeal has today given judgment in the long-running ZXC v Bloomberg litigation ([2020] EWCA Civ 611). The key points:

1. In general, a person does have a reasonable expectation of privacy about the fact that/details of their being subject to a police investigation, up to the point of charge.
2. Reporting about alleged conduct is different from reporting about a criminal investigation into that conduct.’

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Panopticon, 15th May 2020

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Duchess of Sussex: Mail on Sunday wins first round in Meghan privacy case – BBC News

‘The Mail on Sunday has won the first round of a legal battle against the Duchess of Sussex over the publication of a letter she wrote to her father.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Piers Morgan: Ofcom clears presenter over ‘combative’ interviews – BBC News

Posted April 28th, 2020 in complaints, government departments, media, news by sally

‘Piers Morgan will not be investigated by the media regulator for “combative” interviews with government ministers that sparked 4,000 complaints.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Ofcom assesses Eamonn Holmes 5G comments after complaints – BBC News

‘TV regulator Ofcom has said it is assessing comments made by presenter Eamonn Holmes about 5G technology and coronavirus “as a priority”.’

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BBC News, 14th April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman’s attraction to chandeliers not a sexual orientation, Ipso says – The Guardian

‘A woman in a long-term relationship with a 92-year-old German chandelier has been told that her attraction to historic light fittings is not considered to be a protected sexual orientation.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Coronavirus: Ofcom formally probes David Icke TV interview – BBC News

‘The UK’s media watchdog has launched a formal investigation into a TV network’s broadcast of an interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke about coronavirus.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Remote Family Court – where does transparency fit in? – Transparency Project

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in coronavirus, families, family courts, live link evidence, media, news by sally

‘The Transparency Project recently assisted the FLBA tech working party to gather some information and feedback in light of the publication of the key judicial guidance on family justice during the pandemic – ‘The Remote Family Court’. That document (now on version 2), sets out a number of unresolved questions at paragraph 8.3. Our contribution to that exercise focused on elements that fell within our ambit – access to journalists and legal bloggers, recording of proceedings, litigants in person, and information for the public.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd April 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Mirror’s in-house lawyers under phone-hacking scrutiny – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a bid to strike out the claim by various public figures that the legal department of MGN Group knew about phone hacking at the Daily Mirror.’

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Legal Futures, 11th March 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ofcom rejects 309 complaints that Dave’s Brit Awards performance was ‘racist’ – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2020 in complaints, media, news, racism by tracey

‘Ofcom has rejected more than 300 complaints made about a performance by rapper Dave at February’s Brit Awards, which was accused of being “racist”.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2020

Source: www.independent.co.uk

High Court to rule on access to full adoption file – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has been asked to make an unprecedented order to allow a journalist to see all court papers in a flawed adoption case. The application comes as the family justice system faces heightened pressure to be more transparent.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th March 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Defamation: judge backs publisher over article meaning – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 6th, 2020 in defamation, interpretation, media, news by tracey

‘Associated Newspapers has won the first round of a legal battle with property owners over the meaning of an article published on Mail Online.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th March 2016

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Police watchdog drop investigation into Scotland Yard’s contact with Caroline Flack before her death – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2020 in media, mental health, news, police, suicide by tracey

‘The police watchdog has dropped its investigation into the Metropolitan Police’s contact with Caroline Flack before her death.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2020

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Caroline’s Law: Calls For Stricter Laws Against Media Intrusion – Each Other

Posted February 18th, 2020 in human rights, media, news, privacy, suicide by sally

‘The death of TV presenter Caroline Flack has sparked calls for a stricter law to safeguard the human rights of people in the public eye.’

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Each Other, 17th February 2020

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Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020: Questions We Should Be Asking – KCH Garden Sq

Posted February 6th, 2020 in chambers articles, Crown Court, media, news, video recordings by sally

‘When we think of televised court proceedings our minds instantly turn to the catchy maxim – ‘if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit’. Johnnie Cochran’s words, spoken during the defence team’s closing argument of OJ Simpson’s trial, came to embody a sensational trial which was televised over 134 days. And who can forget the footage of OJ, putting on the black gloves and showing his hands to the judge and jury? Then we fast forward to 2016, and the world watched as Oscar Pistorius – Paralympic champion and breaker of glass ceilings – walked across the courtroom on his stumps at his resentencing hearing for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.’

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KCH Garden Sq, 29th January 2020

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Judges’ sentencing in high-profile court cases to be televised – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2020 in judgments, media, news, sentencing by sally

‘Judges sentencing convicted offenders in high-profile criminal cases in England and Wales, including murders, rapes and other serious offences, will be televised from later this year, the Ministry of Justice has said.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

The President of the Family Division’s New Guidance on Reporting in the Family Courts (3rd October 2019) – Becket Chambers

‘Faced with the competing claims of transparency and privacy, free speech and family life, family law will always incline towards the latter. Its first instincts are protective, guarding the intimacies and lives of its own subject families and, particularly, its children.[1] First and foremost, family proceedings are and remain private matters. This fundamental principle holds fast. However, things are not simply as they were before. Successive Presidents of the Family Division have now expressly addressed the subject in the form of three separate occasions. At the very least, it is clear that the dynamic is being given careful thought. Whilst the guidances do not amount to a tilting of the scales, they are nevertheless guidances specifically designed to address acts of reporting. When President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby issued two guidances on transparency and anonymisation. Sir Andrew McFarlane, the current President, has now (as of October 2018) issued further guidance specifically dealing with applications to lift and vary reporting restrictions.’

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Becket Chambers, 15th January 2020

Source: becket-chambers.co.uk