Emergency injunction to stop the Queen…

Emergency injunction to stop the Queen…The press is not a big fan of injunctions. Except when it suits them that is. And today, it suits them.

This morning, representatives of the press are off to the High Court to seek an injunction to stop the sealing of the cross party Royal Charter on press regulation, which was due to take place today. Continue reading

Royal Charter shenanigans

Royal Charter shenanigansLord Justice Leveson argued in his report on press ethics and standards that the press could not go on ‘marking its own homework’ and that what was needed was independent regulation. Continue reading

Jurors caught out in court

Jurors caught out in courtBeing called to do jury service is a societal duty. And a privilege. Because it is a fundamental plank of our democracy that those charged with criminal offences should be judged not only by a professional judge but by a jury of their peers. Continue reading

Press Regulation – Leveson overview

The thorny issue of press regulation has been taking up many column inches in the newspapers since the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics got under way.

Law Society Gazette media columnist Amber Melville-Brown, and Withers’ Reputation Management team fellow member Rupert Cowper-Coles were asked to provide an update to the readers of the Gazette, which was published on 8 April 2013. Continue reading

The Hacked Off Leveson Bill – Kryptonite for the press?

Christmas is over, we’ve survived the New Year celebrations, the weather is taking a turn for the worse, and the post excess January Blues are hanging around as they always do. What is there to drag us out of our funk? Well, for those previously addicted to the Leveson inquiry on press ethics, with the celebrity circus of evidence-giving over and the long-awaited report of Lord Justice Leveson done, the answer might appear to be, not much.

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Leveson: Last Orders for the Press

Free speech and responsible journalism. We should be entitled to both and Lord Justice Leveson’s much anticipated recommendations on press regulation, given yesterday, aim to protect both.

But following 18 months of work, a roll call of celebrity witnesses and £4 million of tax payers money, the report did not find favour with the press or the PM. My blog on Global Legal Post today, explains why. http://www.globallegalpost.com/blogs/

Light at the end of the Leveson Inquiry

Light at the end of the Leveson InquiryTuesday 24 July saw the closing of evidence in the Leveson Inquiry with counsel for the media and for the victims of the media, giving their closing speeches to Lord Justice Leveson. Those who have been glued to the Inquiry day after day watching the ‘bloodhound and watchdog of society’ face the high jump will have to find something else to do with their time. Luckily, the Olympics is just about to start. Continue reading