Proposed UK law could expose journalists’ emails, say critics – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2019 in bills, data protection, disclosure, electronic mail, media, news, privacy by sally

‘British police forces could find it easier to access journalists’ private emails as a result of legislation making its way through parliament, according to freedom of speech campaigners, who are urging politicians to make a last-minute intervention to secure journalistic freedom.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2019

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What are non-disclosure agreements? – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2019 in disclosure, harassment, injunctions, media, news, non-disclosure agreements, racism by sally

‘Topshop boss Sir Philip Green has dropped his legal action against the Daily Telegraph, which prevented it publishing allegations of racist behaviour and sexual harassment. He had argued that former staff were breaking the law by breaching non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) they had signed. So how do these work?’

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BBC News, 28th January 2019

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Philip Green ends ‘gagging order’ legal action against Telegraph – The Guardian

‘Sir Philip Green and his business empire, Arcadia, have ended their legal claim against the Telegraph after the newspaper reported allegations of sexual and racial harassment against him.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2019

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Melania Trump: Telegraph apologises and pays damages – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2019 in damages, defamation, media, news by sally

‘The Daily Telegraph has apologised “unreservedly” to Melania Trump and agreed to pay her “substantial damages” for an article it published last week.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2019

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MPs pass counter-terror bill amendments to protect aid workers – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in bills, charities, freedom of expression, media, news, terrorism by sally

‘MPs have passed amendments to the government’s latest counter-terrorism bill to try to protect British aid workers and journalists from facing criminal charges in conflict zones.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2019

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Newspapers secure summary judgment over libel claims brought by social worker – Local Government Lawyer

‘Two national newspaper groups have obtained summary judgment over libel claims brought by a former senior social worker.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th January 2019

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It’s My Party and I’ll Cry/Sue for Accreditation if I Want To – Panopticon

Posted January 11th, 2019 in data protection, media, news, police, political parties by sally

‘How does data protection law feed into, and support, challenges to police action in the form of refusing press accreditation for a political party conference? The Divisional Court considered this in R (Segalov) v Chief Constable of Sussex Police & Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2018] EWHC 3187 (Admin).’

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Panopticon, 10th January 2019

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Judgment leaves claimants ‘hacked off’ – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 11th, 2018 in inquiries, judicial review, media, news, regulations by sally

‘By Judgment handed down on 29 November 2018 Lord Justice Davis and Mr Justice Ouseley dismissed the Claimants claims for Judicial Review of the Government’s decision to not embark on ‘Part 2’ of the Leveson Inquiry.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th December 2018

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Anonymisation Guidance – a curtain of secrecy? – Transparency Project

‘The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane issued some guidance last week on the anonymisation of published judgments in family court cases.’

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Transparency Project, 10th December 2018

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Gambling firms agree ‘whistle-to-whistle’ television sport advertising ban – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2018 in advertising, gambling, media, news, sport by sally

‘Britain’s biggest gambling companies have voluntarily agreed to a “whistle-to-whistle” television advertising ban.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2018

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Ofcom investigates TV station over interview praising attack in Iran – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in complaints, Iran, media, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism by tracey

‘A London-based satellite news station is being formally investigated by Ofcom after broadcasting an interview with an extremist group that claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in Iran.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2018

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Court of Appeal hearing in London Stadium row to be livestreamed – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2018 in appeals, media, news, pilot schemes, reporting restrictions, sport by sally

‘A dispute about seating in the former London 2012 Olympic Stadium will be the first Court of Appeal hearing to be live-streamed in full.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2018

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Judge criticises City solicitor for giving witness statement to journalist – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has strongly criticised a City partner who gave a journalist a copy of a witness statement made in support of an application for pre-action disclosure.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th November 2018

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‘Justice campaign’ needs new approach, say experts – Legal Futures

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in civil justice, criminal justice, legal profession, media, news, rule of law by sally

‘Lawyers have been urged to look at radical new approaches to ‘rebrand’ justice so as to build public and political understanding of its value.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2018

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Guidance issued to court staff on supporting media access – Transparency Project

Posted October 31st, 2018 in courts, media, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘This week the Ministry of Justice issued Guidance to staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals as “part of a wider effort to build stronger working relationships between courts and the press and maintain the principle of open justice as we increasingly digitise court services.”’

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Transparency Project, 28th October 2018

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Philip Green and non-disclosure agreements: do we have a right to know? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The circumstances in which a court should prevent the press from reporting information about famous people has long provoked debate. The decision of the Court of Appeal in ABC & Ors v Telegraph Media Group Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2329 is no exception, attracting extensive press coverage and comment from the #MeToo movement.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th October 2018

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Counter-terror bill is a threat to press freedom, say campaigners – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2018 in bills, freedom of expression, media, news, terrorism by tracey

‘New counter-terror powers designed to tackle the “vaguely defined” crime of hostile state activity threaten the protection of journalistic sources, campaigners for freedom of expression and the press have warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2018

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NDAs in spotlight as Court of Appeal gags newspaper – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Court of Appeal ruling barring the publication of allegations that a ‘leading businessman’ sexually harassed and racially abused employees has re-ignited the debate over the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in settlements. In ABC and others v Telegraph Media Group, Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Henderson granted a temporary injunction preventing the Telegraph from publishing what the newspaper says is the result of eight months of investigation into the behaviour of an individual identified as ‘ABC’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th October 2018

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Radical preacher Anjem Choudary freed from prison – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2018 in early release, hate crime, Islam, media, news, terrorism by sally

‘Anjem Choudary has been released from prison after serving half of the five-and-a-half-year sentence he received in 2016 for urging support for Isis and pledging allegiance to the terrorist group.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2018

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Reporting restrictions on Bethany’s dad – children’s rights or concealing system failure? – Transparency Project

‘On Saturday, the Times reported: ‘Father beats legal bid to silence him over autistic girl in hospital “cell” ‘ [paywall]. Social affairs editor, Greg Hirst, reported that Jeremy (who is not using his surname publicly) succeeded in contesting an application by Walsall Metropolitan County Borough Council for an injunction to stop his social media campaign that is drawing attention to the plight of his 17-year-old-daughter.’

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Transparency Project, 16th October 2018

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