The Leveson Inquiry Wrapped up Early, So What Does This Mean for Free Speech and Privacy? – RightsInfo

‘The public inquiry into media ethics following the phone-hacking scandal of 2011 will not be concluded in full. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for freedom of speech and our right to privacy?’

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RightsInfo, 4th April 2018

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Legal Bloggers attending family court hearings – Transparency Project

Posted April 6th, 2018 in family courts, law reports, media, news by sally

‘We’ve written before about cases where we wished we’d been present alongside journalists to report on a case, to see if we saw the same things, or selected the same information to report. And we’ve regularly challenged, corrected or explained not very good reporting by journalists – some of whom have been in court and some of whom are reporting on the basis of published judgments or information from one or other of the parties.’

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Transparency Project, 4th April 2018

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Tax tribunal rules digital newspapers should be subject to VAT – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 20th, 2018 in internet, media, news, taxation, tribunals, VAT by sally

‘A UK tax tribunal has ruled that digital versions of daily newspapers should be subject to VAT, unlike printed editions containing the same content.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th March 2018

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Family court secrecy lets judges get away with mistakes, senior judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2018 in family courts, judges, law reports, media, mistake, news, private hearings by tracey

‘Secrecy in family courts could be allowing judges to get away with mistakes, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said. Speaking at an event on Tuesday evening, Sir James Munby, president of the high court’s family division, said that judges were “grotesquely overworked” and “tired” and so more likely to make errors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2018

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Mail Online: Ipso upholds complaint over article on ‘lorry’ incident at Oxford Circus – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2018 in complaints, internet, media, news, terrorism by tracey

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The Guardian, 8th March 2018

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Leveson inquiry: government confirms second stage axed – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in inquiries, interception, media, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘The culture secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed on Thursday that the government would drop plans for the second phase of the Leveson inquiry into press standards launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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Costs budgeting expected to feature in media case preliminaries – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 1st, 2018 in budgets, case management, defamation, media, news by sally

‘Parties in defamation cases seeking hearings of preliminary issues can expect more active case management by courts, including requirements to set out their anticipated legal costs, a media law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2018

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Channel 5 ordered to pay £20,000 damages to evicted couple – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in damages, media, misuse of private information, news, privacy by tracey

‘Channel 5 has been ordered to pay a couple £10,000 each for the distress of broadcasting them being evicted.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2018

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Max Mosley ‘using data protection law to gag the media’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2018 in data protection, media, news by sally

‘Max Mosley, the former head of Formula 1, has been accused of trying to gag the media, using data protection laws to “erase” his notorious sexual history.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2018

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UK to review laws on ‘offensive online communications’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 8th, 2018 in codes of practice, internet, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘UK prime minister Theresa May has commissioned a review into current legislation on “offensive online communications”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th February 2018

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Mirror Group pays damages to Hugh Grant after admitting a ‘decade of unlawful intrusion’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 6th, 2018 in damages, interception, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Senior figures at Mirror Group newspapers “condoned, encouraged or turned a blind eye” to a decade of widespread phone hacking and unlawful intrusion by its journalists, it has been admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2018

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High Court rejects BBC’s bid to move Paradise Papers case to media list – Litigation Futures

Posted January 29th, 2018 in BBC, civil procedure rules, courts, documents, media, news by sally

‘Offshore law firm Appleby has won the first skirmish in its case against the BBC and The Guardian newspaper over the ‘Paradise Papers’ leak, after the High Court refused the defendants’ bid to move the case from the Chancery Division to the media and communications list.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th January 2018

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Case brought against ‘Little Mix’ promoter puts discrimination laws in the spotlight, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 26th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, equality, media, news by sally

‘A legal case brought against the promoters of a concert for one of the UK’s most popular bands highlights the risks to businesses if they do not make their services accessible to all.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th January 2018

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Press regulator Ipso faces first legal challenges to rulings – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2018 in complaints, judicial review, media, news, racism by tracey

‘The Independent Press Standards Organisation is facing the first legal challenges to its rulings, including one over a column in the Sun that referred to “the Muslim problem”.

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The Guardian, 24th January 2018

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Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2018 in disabled persons, equality, media, news by tracey

‘Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2018

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Newspapers threaten legal action for Worboys parole report – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2018 in judicial review, media, Ministry of Justice, news, parole, rape, reasons, sexual offences by tracey

‘Two newspapers have threatened legal action if the Parole Board does not publish its reasons for agreeing to release convicted rapist John Worboys.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2018

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Sky-Fox deal not in public interest, says regulator – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in competition, media, mergers, news, public interest by sally

‘Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky is not in the public interest on grounds of media plurality, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2018

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Lords vote for second Leveson probe into press conduct – BBC News

‘Peers have backed a proposal that would require Theresa May to proceed with the second stage of the Leveson inquiry.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2018

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Privacy, the common law and a celebrity divorce – Transparency Project

Posted January 10th, 2018 in divorce, family courts, media, news, privacy by sally

‘Under the headline ‘Jamie and Louise Redknapp’s divorce papers to be kept secret as a judge blocks the release of documents’ the Transparency Project reported last week-end that the Press were complaining a London court had ‘blocked the release of papers that would normally be made public and he has not given a reason why’. The Daily Mail, TP said, had complained: ‘A judge has thrown a blanket of secrecy over the’ couple’s divorce.’

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Transparency Project, 9th January 2018

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Celebrities are given a smidgen of privacy at a difficult time in their lives shocker – Transparency Project

Posted January 8th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, family courts, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The Sun are very very cross. Why is that? Well…. Here’s the headline:

REDKNAPP DIVORCE SECRET
Jamie and Louise Redknapp’s divorce papers to be kept secret as a judge blocks the release of documents.’

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Transparency Project, 6th January 2018

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