Media law mop up: Privacy debate; Hari interviews; and BBC regulation

Fewer big libel and privacy stories to report this week, but Twitterers have been particularly lively on the media ethics front, primarily in relation to Independent columnist Johann Hari’s admission of his interview ‘etiquette’ and the subsequent fallout. Meanwhile, a committee in the House of Lords has suggested that BBC complaints should be appealable to Ofcom (As it stands, complaints relating to the corporation’s accuracy and impartiality can only be heard by the BBC Trust).

Jon Slattery provided a guest post to Meeja Law about the ill-effect of (necessary) balanced court reporting for the families of murder victims. Index on Censorship’s privacy debate on Tuesday evening (June 28) – featuring Max Mosley – drew the crowds; I reported it for Index, Inforrm and the PA Media Lawyer.

Libel

Privacy

Freedom of information

Data Protection

Media regulation

Media standards

Phone hacking

Contempt

Court reporting

International press freedom

Link of the week

  • Global Voices’ Threatened Voices project: “A collaborative mapping project to build a database of bloggers who have been threatened, arrested or killed for speaking out online and to draw attention to the campaigns to free them”.

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