Archive for the ‘Media law’ Category

January 10, 2012 Off

Obscenity: an offence to individual autonomy

By Leon Glenister in Freedom of expression, Media law

So the British stereotype of being prudish and conservative may not be completely true. It turns out, after the case of R v Peacock on Friday afternoon, the average British person does not deem male phisting, urination and BDSM obscene. Prosecutions for obscenity are rare, and this decision is a good time to examine the [...]

May 11, 2011 1

Mosley loses, but this does not mean it’s a victory for the press

By Leon Glenister in Freedom of expression, Media law, Right to privacy

Max Mosley yesterday lost the latest battle in his ongoing war with the press on privacy. He had argued before the European Court of Human Rights (‘European Court’) that where a newspaper published private information on an individual they should be forced to notify the individual concerned prior to publication. The court rejected such a [...]

January 6, 2011 4

The press portrayal of Christopher Jeffries: contempt of court?

By Leon Glenister in Freedom of expression, Media law

With huge media interest in the disappearance of Joanna Yeates, it was no surprise that when Christopher Jeffries, her landlord, was being ‘questioned on suspicion of murder’ it made front page news in the national press. What followed was a character demolition of Jeffries.  In the course of one article, The Sun described him as [...]