Another busy week in media law land, as more protests erupt in the Middle East and phone hacking is back in the High Court. Slightly quieter on the Wikileaks front but still stories to read, including the reportedly mysterious incident of the Domscheit-Berg book in the night time (at Waterstones).
Kelly Hoppen (Sienna Miller’s stepmother) took her case against News of the World to the High Court today. Her legal team will be permitted to search journalist Dan Evans’ computers.
- PA Media Point>> Accident defence on 2009 phone-hack claim ‘nonsense’
- Press Gazette>>’100 new phone-hack victims to come out’
Anyone who would like to know a bit more detail about Sarah Baskerville’s complaint against the Daily Mail and the Independent on Sunday should take a look at her latest blog post, an emotional response following a ruling in the newspapers’ favour, explaining how she felt constrained by the PCC’s structure. It’s useful material for anyone researching, or making sense of, the culture of social networks and online activity and the associated ethical / legal problems.
A very readable piece on Inforrm takes up that surprisingly neglected question of liability. As Mr Justice Eady said:
“It is surprising how little authority there is within this jurisdiction applying the common law of publication or its modern statutory refinements to internet communications”.
Dr David Rolph’s piece is about Australian libel, but globally relevant.
- Inforrm>>Case Law: Thornton v Telegraph Media Group – no defence of ‘honest comment’ in malicious falsehood – Sara Mansoori
- Grey Cardigan: Legal threats around over hosepipe ban story
- What happens when the letters run out, asks Rod Dadak
- Little or no mention of this decision in the press, perhaps because of this stipulation: “There is an Order restraining publication of information concerning this case, other than the information contained in this judgment and in the Order of the Court made in this action“.
- PogoWasRight: Google Wants Case About Leaked Name Dismissed [US]
- Inforrm>>Freedom of Expression: Banned preacher speaks by videolink – Adam Wagner
- Sam McIntosh (CLJJ)>> Public funding for the representation of next of kin at inquests and open justice
I’ve finally got round to creating an events page: http://meejalaw.com/events/. More things will be added.
Tips & tools
Ever reach the end of the day and realise you’ve completely forgotten your to-do list? Try Remember the Milk, a task management system that sits in your inbox, glaring at you when you get distracted from your duties. (HT to Emily Butselaar at Index on Censorship for that one).