Website editor not liable for publishing sexual allegations against political candidate

Olafsson v Iceland [2017] ECHR 259

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that the Icelandic courts were wrong to hold a website editor liable for publishing allegations made by two sisters that a relative, who was standing for election, had sexually abused them when they were children.

Dafamation, Media

Court of Appeal refuses to disclose Sergeant Blackman video clips due to threat to life

R v Alexander Blackman; and BBC, ITN, Times Newspapers Ltd, British Sky Broadcasting, Guardian News and Media and Associated Newspapers Ltd and Ministry of Defence [2017] EWCA Crim 326

The Court of Appeal refused to release some of the video footage which showed Sergeant Alexander Blackman killing an injured disarmed Taliban insurgent.  It was held that it would significantly endanger a large number of people and could be used to radicalise terrorists.

Disclosure, Media

Court of Protection rules that reporting restrictions can continue after death

V v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Ors [2016] EWCOP 21

The Court of Protection ruled on 25th April 2016 that where a restriction on publication of information about proceedings was in place during a person’s lifetime, the court has a duty to consider whether this restriction should remain following that person’s death.

ECHR Art. 8, Media

Social media comments prevent defendants from having a fair trial

Ex parte BBC and others [2016] EWCA Crim 12

The BBC together with nine other media organisations appealed against Mr Justice Globe’s reporting restriction on the trial of two teenage girls accused of murdering Angela Wrightson.

Criminal Law, ECHR Art. 6, Media, Right to Fair Trial

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