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When blank blank wants a super-injunction, who does he call? – The Independent

“Richard Spearman and Hugh Tomlinson are the go-to barristers for gagging orders. Andy McSmith profiles the pair who between them are rewriting Britain’s privacy laws.”

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The Independent, 30th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Have super-injunctions killed the kiss’n’tell? – The Guardian

“For the best part of half a century, kiss’n’tell stories have been guaranteed sales-winners for popular newspapers. The earliest examples – Christine Keeler and Diana Dors spring to mind – were tame stuff compared with their modern equivalents.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

David Cameron warned over IP law change by TV industry – The Guardian

“The UK’s biggest commercial broadcasters have joined forces to warn David Cameron against a wholesale relaxation of intellectual property (IP) laws, saying it could cripple the country’s £4bn audiovisual sector.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New breed of gagging order could send journalists to jail, MP claims – The Guardian

“An MP who is launching an inquiry into excessive and possibly unlawful court secrecy says a new type of gagging order is hampering the work of investigative journalists.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government needs more costs information for online content storage plans – OUT-LAW.com

“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had consulted with publishers and legal deposit libraries (LDLs) over plans for libraries to have access to online, as well as printed, content.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

News International could face prosecution – The Guardian

“News International as a corporation could face a criminal prosecution following its admission that the phones of celebrities were hacked into by its staff.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Society defends solicitors over legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society president has reacted to negative news coverage concerning the growth in the number of solicitors.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘Lazy Mexicans’ Top Gear episode cleared by Ofcom – Daily Telegraph

“A Top Gear episode which caused controversy with jokes about Mexicans has been cleared by the broadcasting watchdog.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New gagging orders stretch right into the heart of parliament – The Guardian

“The revelation by the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming of a new breed of ‘hyperinjunction’, which forbids the recipient talking about it to MPs, is one of the most disturbing developments in the contest between legitimate privacy and the need for open justice.”

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Frankie Boyle’s Katie Price jokes censured – BBC News

“Media regulator Ofcom has censured comedian Frankie Boyle and Channel 4 for broadcasting ‘offensive’ jokes about Katie Price and her son Harvey.”

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BBC News, 4th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Independent press crucial to the administration of justice, says lord chief justice – The Guardian

“An independent press is crucial to the administration of justice, the lord chief justice of England and Wales said during a lecture in Israel on Monday night.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: The Judiciary and the Media (PDF)

PCC investigates Melanie Phillips’ Spectator blog – The Guardian

“A Melanie Phillips blogpost on the Spectator website which referred to the ‘moral depravity’ of Arab ‘savages’ is being investigated by the Press Complaints Commission.”

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The Guardian, 18th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court cases should be on TV, says top civil judge – BBC News

“The top civil judge in England and Wales has suggested televising hearings to increase confidence in justice.”

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BBC News, 17th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Open Justice Unbound? – Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Open Justice Unbound? (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

Judicial Studies Board Annual Lecture, 16th March 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Ken Clarke warns editors not to risk contempt – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Ken Clarke, warned newspaper editors on Tuesday not to risk contempt of court with excessive reporting of suspects in police investigations.”

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The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney general warns newspapers over contempt – BBC News

“The media could be prevented from naming people arrested by the police but not yet charged, the attorney general has told the BBC.”

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BBC News, 15th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stunt expert cleared in Batman cameraman death trial – BBC News

“An Oscar-winning special effects expert has been cleared of health and safety breaches over the death of a cameraman during filming of the last Batman film.”

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BBC News, 14th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sun and Daily Mail guilty of contempt over online photo in murder case – The Guardian

“The Sun and the Daily Mail have been found guilty of contempt of court for publishing a picture of a murder trial defendant posing with a gun on their websites.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Full judgment: Attorney general v Associated Newspapers and News Group Newspapers – The Guardian

“Read the judgment from the high court finding the Mail Online and Sun Online guilty of contempt after publishing online image of accused man with pistol during murder trial.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Opponents of News Corp takeover of BSkyB consider judicial review – The Guardian

“An alliance of media groups opposed to News Corporation’s takeover of BSkyB, including BT and the publishers of the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Guardian, are considering seeking a judicial review of the government’s approval of the deal on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High Court extends ability to strip people of right not to self-incriminate – OUT-LAW.com

“People accused of misusing confidential commercial or technical information have lost the right to avoid self-incrimination in court cases, following a High Court ruling.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Court rules that newspaper does not have to identify commenters – The Guardian

“Defamation attempt fails as high court rules that anonymous comments on the Daily Mail’s website are little more than ‘pub talk’.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

How a secret court was made to open up – The Independent

“The Act of Parliament that created the Court of Protection was pushed through in a hurry, amid an outcry from dozens of MPs, as the government tried to get its outstanding business completed in time for the 2005 general election.”

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The Independent, 1st March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Court allows journalists into care hearing – The Guardian

“The Guardian and other news organisations have won a court ruling that could open up the care system for people with learning difficulties to public scrutiny.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Newspaper does not have to identify anonymous commenters, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

“The Daily Mail does not have to identify the people behind two anonymously posted comments on its website because to do so would breach their rights to privacy, the High Court has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Crisis of identity: why English law needs to protect our personalities – The Guardian

“Portrayals of real people in docudramas and novels have made millions for authors and film-makers. But what of their subjects?”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail over paedophile story – The Guardian

“Facebook is threatening legal action against the Daily Mail amid a dispute over the headline of a front page story that named the social networking website in the context of a story about a paedophile gang operating in Devon.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Why is law such a fertile ground for drama? – BBC News

“As a former barrister, writer Peter Moffat has witnessed for real the drama of a courtroom. He returns to his legal roots in new BBC drama Silk.”

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BBC News, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

High court judge criticises police failure to fully investigate phone hacking – The Guardian

“A high court judge has criticised the Metropolitan police for failing to adequately investigate allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World.”

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The Guardian, 15th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Product placement must be signalled by ‘P’ logo, says Ofcom – OUT-LAW.com

“Broadcasters must show a ‘P’ logo for three seconds at the start and end of television programmes that contain product placement, regulator Ofcom has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th February 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Twitter messages not private, rules PCC – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission ruled on Tuesday that information posted on Twitter should be considered public and publishable by newspapers after it cleared the Daily Mail and Independent on Sunday of breaching privacy guidelines.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pub landlady’s EU case paves way for Premier League rights revolution – The Guardian

“The European Union’s highest court was today advised to rule that EU law does not prohibit pubs showing live Premier League matches from foreign broadcasters, potentially sparking a revolution in the way media sports rights are sold across the continent.”

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Daily Mail and Sun accused of contempt over online photos – The Guardian

“Attorney general argues pictures of murder trial defendant ‘posing with a gun’ created risk of prejudice in court case.”

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Top Gear faces racism test case following Mexico comments – Daily Telegraph

“A Mexican woman has accused the BBC programme Top Gear of racism and instructed lawyers to bring a test case against the show after remarks made by the presenters characterised Mexicans as lazy and oafish.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Phone hacking: PCC sets up working group – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission is setting up a working group to ‘draw together lessons learned’ from the new police investigation and various legal cases relating to the News of the World phone-hacking affair.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Metropolitan Police pledges robust phone hacking probe – BBC News

“Police will leave ‘no stone unturned’ in their investigation into allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World (NoW), Scotland Yard’s head says.”

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BBC News, 27th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MI5 and MI6 secrecy move ‘threatens press freedoms’ – The Guardian

“Proposals by MI5 and MI6 to extend courtroom secrecy to civil trials would unfairly restrict the right of the media to act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the public, the supreme court heard today (25 January).”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone-hacking scandal: DPP orders ‘robust approach’ – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service is to adopt a ‘robust approach’ in examining ‘recent or new substantive allegations’ of phone hacking.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New Communications Act will rewrite media regulation, says minister – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government will overhaul the way UK media companies are regulated with a new Communications Act. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that a new law was needed ‘to create regulatory certainty’.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th January 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Convicted killer Eddie Gilfoyle’s gagging order lifted – BBC News

“A gagging order placed on convicted murderer Eddie Gilfoyle upon his release from jail has been lifted.”

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BBC News, 19th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

News of the World phone hacking: DPP orders review of police evidence – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday (13 January) announced that it would mount a ‘comprehensive’ review of phone-hacking material held by the Metropolitan police in a dramatic volte-face prompted by recent revelations in the courts.”

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The Guardian, 14th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

News Corporation braces itself for fresh phone-hacking lawsuits – The Guardian

“News Corporation executives have been considering how to draw a line under the News of the World phone-hacking affair as the Rupert Murdoch-controlled publisher of the tabloid – via its News Group Newspapers subsidiary – braces itself for further celebrity lawsuits in the coming weeks.”

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The Guardian, 16th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

PCC to investigate Daily Telegraph’s covert recording of Lib Dem MPs – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission today kicked off an investigation into the Daily Telegraph’s covert recording of Liberal Democrat ministers, following a formal complaint from the party’s president.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jeremy Hunt resigned to judicial challenge over BSkyB bid – The Guardian

“The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said today he expects his decision on whether to allow the proposed takeover of BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation to be judicially challenged whatever decision he comes to.”

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The Guardian, 12th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Guardian News and Media Ltd) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

Regina (Guardian News and Media Ltd) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2010] EWHC 3376 (Admin); [2011] WLR (D) 349

“Art 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms did not alter the settled law that the principle of open justice in criminal proceedings did not extend to a right for the press or the public to inspect documents or other exhibits placed before a court during such proceedings, or require the Criminal Procedure Rules 2010 to be interpreted as conferring any right of inspection of written evidence.”

WLR Daily, 12th January 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Countryfile’s Miriam O’Reilly wins BBC ageism claim – The Guardian

“Former BBC presenter Miriam O’Reilly has won her case for age discrimination against the corporation after she was dropped from BBC1’s rural affairs show, Countryfile.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Miriam O’Reilly tribunal: the verdict

Max Mosley’s privacy claim reaches the European court of human rights – The Guardian

“Max Mosley will appear in court today in a final attempt to change the law on privacy, in a case that could have far-reaching implications for the UK’s media.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Max Mosley’s privacy campaign reaches Strasbourg – The Guardian

“Max Mosley, the former president of motorsport’s governing body the FIA and winner of a famous privacy victory over the News of the World, goes to the European court of human rights next week to seek a major restraint on press freedom.”

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The Guardian, 4th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ofcom confirms product placement on UK TV – The Guardian

“Media regulator confirms new rules will form part of broadcasting code from end of February.”

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The Guardian, 20th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Matt Lucas wins payout over ‘grossly intrusive’ Daily Mail article – The Guardian

“Comedian and actor Matt Lucas today won substantial undisclosed damages and an apology over a ‘grossly intrusive’ and inaccurate Daily Mail article in the wake of his ex-partner’s death.”

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The Guardian, 16th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Tweeting in court: why reporters must be given guidelines – The Guardian

“A district judge’s decision to allow journalists to use Twitter in the Julian Assange hearing raises interesting legal questions.”

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The Guardian, 15th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Twitter allowed during bail hearing – The Guardian

“The judge hearing Julian Assange’s application broke new ground today by letting reporters use Twitter and other electronic means to update the outside world on developments in court.”

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The Guardian, 14th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Frankie Boyle’s Katie Price joke sparks Ofcom investigation – The Guardian

“Model and reality TV star accuses controversial comic of being a ‘bully’ towards her disabled son on Channel 4 show.”

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The Guardian, 10th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Secretive court opens doors to journalists – The Independent

“One of Britain’s most secretive courts opened itself to public scrutiny yesterday after a High Court judge lifted reporting restrictions on work done by a hitherto-closed corner of the British justice system.”

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The Independent, 9th December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Should justice be televised? – Legal Week

“The head of Sky News has argued in a new Guardian article that justice must be televised as allowing TV cameras in court would help restore public faith in criminal proceedings.”

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Legal Week, 6th December 2010

Source: www.legalweek.com


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