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- Here's the gov.uk story bit.ly/2yxGku7 and consultation page bit.ly/2yxGkKD #HEfreedomofspeech twitter.com/JTownend/statu… 2 days ago
- No sign of official announcement on @JoJohnsonUK or HE minister pgs bit.ly/2yydk5z / bit.ly/2yyi7UF #HEfreedomofspeech 2 days ago
- where is official announcement, or only via Times (paywalled)? Too important not to have widely available to public… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 2 days ago
- Seem a rather different direction of travel from introduction of new #Prevent event policies - how do these fit in? twitter.com/heather_prkr/s… 2 days ago
- v. problematic - given that no platform policies generally student unions / NUS - heavyhanded enforcement not a way… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 2 days ago
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- [Scotland] COPFS: Guidance on cases involving Communications sent via Social Media: bit.ly/1zgEoBh #medialaw 2 years ago
- [Scotland] COPFS release: Crown Office sets out social media prosecution policy: bit.ly/1zEniLY #medialaw 2 years ago
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Monthly Archives: January 2011
Morning all. I’ve decided to run the Media Law Mop Up mid-week rather than Mondays (most likely on Wednesdays or Thursday afternoons). In the meantime, here’s a phone hacking themed thought from the Guardian’s letter page this morning: “Although it’s … Continue reading
I recently looked into the fascinating field of digital forensics for the re-launched Insite blog (Colin Meek’s internet research skills/resources site). Specialists such as Professor Hany Farid and Professor Anthony TS Ho are honing techniques to analyse and detect digital … Continue reading
The week in media law & ethics… It was a news week that included Alan Johnson’s resignation as shadow chancellor (and PC Rice’s suspension), developments in the Yeates murder case and Tony Blair’s appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry, but Coulson’s … Continue reading
A new version of the Editors’ Code handbook has been released by the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee, including the new 2011 rule for publishing corrections. The code is enforced by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC). Press release here [PDF] … Continue reading
Media law bits and bobs from the last seven days… Lawyers talk libel The libel reform event of the week took place at Gray’s Inn Hall last Tuesday, with a focus on the ‘public’. Tweets from the event can be … Continue reading
The Inforrm blog has an excellent piece on what happens to defamation actions in England & Wales. It reports that while there are between 200 and 300 defamation claims each year, very few are disposed of at hearings, let alone … Continue reading
… to discuss where the public interest lies in libel reform? Quite a few it would seem. Last night in the austere but impressive surroundings of Gray’s Inn Hall, dozens of lawyers and miscellaneous libel reform types gathered to hear … Continue reading
I spotted an interesting little Twitter conversation between the Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger and Salon writer Glenn Greenwald last night. It started when Greenwald (@ggreenwald) said: The Guardian slams WikiLeaks for endangering reformists in Zimbabwe, then sheepishly admits that *they* … Continue reading