Author Archives: jtownend

A note

I am extremely sad to learn of the deaths of two people I had come to know through my research, and both contributed so much to their respective professional fields. Walter Greenwood, described by HoldtheFrontPage as the ‘doyen of journalism … Continue reading

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Upcoming event: 26 October 2013 – NUJ and MRC Conference – ‘The Internet and the Law’

[Booking / full details at Eventbrite] When: Saturday 26 October 2013, 10:00 – 19:00 Where: New Academic Building, Goldsmiths University of London, London SE14 6NW Details:  Leveson, royal charter(s), libel reform – UK law is changing and its impact on the internet is … Continue reading

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What data should the Ministry of Justice open up?

The Ministry of Justice has listed 43 unpublished data-sets that could be opened up for public use. It is part of a public consultation on the National Information Infrastructure (NII), a new initiative for improving government data. The government is … Continue reading

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What Leveson missed: 10th anniversary conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics – 25 October 2013

Last week journalist/lawyer David Allen Green asked how many of his Twitter followers had actually consulted the Leveson Inquiry report since its release.  The instant response was fairly muted and confined to a handful of academics and campaigners. Whether or … Continue reading

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Law and Media Review of the Legal Year 2012/13

A review of legal cases and legal developments over the legal year, from September 2012 (just before the beginning of the legal year proper) until the end of July 2013 can be found on the Inforrm blog. The Inforrm case … Continue reading

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Media and communications at SLS 2013

A quick post to flag up the media and communication sessions at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual conference in Edinburgh, 3-6 September (early bird booking until 31 July), put together by section convenor Daithí Mac Síthigh (@macsitigh).  The Cyberlaw … Continue reading

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Promotion: IBC Legal’s Protecting the Media 2013

Promotion Upcoming conference, 17th September 2013, Millennium Knightsbridge Hotel, London, UK The ultimate review of key developments in the field of media law, featuring analysis of the impact of recent cases, such as: Leveson, Axel Springer/ Von Hannover (No.2) and Spelman v Express Newspapers. … Continue reading

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Eight months later: iCancer reaches fundraising target

Last autumn I posted something a bit off-topic for this blog, about the fundraising efforts of Dominic Nutt (the husband of a colleague and friend of mine at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, Glenda Cooper). Dominic had been … Continue reading

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Coming soon: People Power – A user’s guide to democracy

An “accessible guide to democracy in Britain” will be published by Bantam Press (Transworld) next month, covering topics including national and local government,  free speech, the internet and the rule of law. The author of People Power, Dan Jellinek, is … Continue reading

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