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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Woman’s Own forced to print front-page correction about actor – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2018 in communicating false information, complaints, media, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

‘The former Coronation Street star Denise Welch has forced Woman’s Own to print a front-page correction after the magazine made false claims about her without any evidence, in a move that could have repercussions for other glossy gossip publications.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2018

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Lawyer bloggers invited to lift veil on family courts – Legal Futures

‘An effort to encourage lawyers to report on everyday proceedings in the family courts to compensate for lack of press interest is being piloted over the next nine months, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2018

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Coronation Street stars and Frank Bruno settle hacking claims – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2018 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Six Coronation Street stars and ex-boxer Frank Bruno are among the latest celebrities to settle phone-hacking claims with News Group Newspapers.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2018

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Council secures Ofcom ruling in complaint of unfairness against Piers Morgan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2018 in armed forces, complaints, housing, local government, media, news by tracey

‘Herefordshire Council has welcomed regulator Ofcom’s decision to partly uphold a complaint of unfairness that it made against television presenter Piers Morgan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

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Celebrity Big Brother to be investigated by Ofcom – BBC News

Posted September 25th, 2018 in assault, complaints, media, news by sally

‘Ofcom is to launch an inquiry into Celebrity Big Brother after it received more than 25,000 complaints about Roxanne Pallett’s allegation she was physically abused by Ryan Thomas.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2018

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Ofcom to push for regulation of social networks – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2018 in internet, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Tech companies such as Facebook and Google could be regulated in the same way as the mobile phone and broadband industry, the head of media regulator Ofcom was expected to say on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2018

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Trial of alleged Hatton Garden mastermind ‘Basil’ faces delay due to film about the robbery – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 4th, 2018 in delay, media, news, robbery, trials by sally

‘The trial of an alleged mastermind of the Hatton Garden heist has been delayed until next year following a new blockbuster film release about the robbery.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2018

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Family court judge who inspired new BBC film The Children Act speaks of heartbreak over harrowing case – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 30th, 2018 in children, judges, media, medical treatment, news by sally

‘It’s the film that’s had cinema-goers reaching for a tissue. The deeply moving tale of a critically ill child whose parents refused to allow him to have a blood transfusion because of their religious beliefs.’

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Daily Telegraph

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New pilot FPR 2010, PD 36J – attendance at court of ‘legal bloggers’ – Family Law

‘A pilot Practice Direction 36J comes into force on 1 October 2018 to allow certain lawyers to attend family proceedings in the Family Court and Family Division of the High Court with a view to reporting on proceedings. These persons are colloquially described as ‘legal bloggers’. The pilot will run for nine months and concludes on 30 June 2019.’

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Family Law, 27th August 2018

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Legal Bloggers – Pilot Announced – Transparency Project

Posted August 24th, 2018 in family courts, internet, media, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘After months of liaison with the Family Procedure Rules Committee our proposal to permit legal bloggers into family court hearings is going to be piloted. The pilot will launch on 1 October and run for 9 months until 30 June 2018, so it’s no change until then. The pilot will allow practising lawyers, academic lawyers and those under the umbrella of an an educational charity (like us). We’re keeners, so we’ve already submitted our details to the President of the Family Division so that we are on the ‘approved list’ of educational charities who can send lawyers to court (four weeks notice is required but this only needs to be done once).’

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Transparency Project, 22nd August 2018

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Coverage of UK court proceedings inevitable, says top TV executive – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in media, news, pilot schemes, reporting restrictions by sally

‘A senior ITN executive has said it is inevitable that British court proceedings will be televised and has called for the government to allow greater use of cameras in court.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2018

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Let cameras into court to tame aggressive barristers, says Victims’ Commissioner – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 20th, 2018 in barristers, media, news, reporting restrictions, victims by sally

‘Bringing cameras into courtrooms would tame “aggressive barristers”, the Victims’ Commissioner has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2018

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BBC seeks review of laws on reporting criminal investigations – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 17th, 2018 in BBC, media, news, police, privacy by sally

‘The BBC has called on the UK government to open a review of current laws governing the reporting of criminal investigations after deciding not to pursue an appeal against a recent privacy ruling in a case between it and the entertainer Sir Cliff Richard.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th August 2018

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BBC calls on government to clarify privacy law – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 16th, 2018 in BBC, costs, freedom of expression, media, news, privacy, public interest by sally

‘The BBC today admitted that the way it reported the police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard will make it hard to persuade the Court of Appeal that the High Court was wrong to award the singer heavy damages last month for breach of privacy. Announcing that it will not seek leave to appeal the judgment in Sir Cliff Richard OBE v British Broadcasting Corporation the BBC called on the government to clarify the balance between the rights to privacy and free expression.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th August 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk