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Leveson: Journalists’ ethics could slip chasing bloggers

Competition from bloggers and Twitter users could contribute to falling standards among conventional media, Lord Justice Leveson has warned. Read the full story

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No. 10 ‘firmly committed’ to televising court sentencing

The government is reportedly on the verge of throwing its weight behind the idea of televising the sentencing of offenders in court. Read the full story

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Yeates landlord wins libel case against national newspapers

The landlord who was the victim of sustained character assassination by eight national newspapers has won his libel case, forcing the papers to apologise and pay substantial damages. Read the full story

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Bahrain to sue the Indy for defamation

Bahrain is threatening to sue the Independent for “deliberately publishing a series of unrealistic and provocative articles” against the Gulf state. Read the full story

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Twitter to turn over user details in landmark case

Twitter will hand over private details of five UK users at the request of South Tyneside Council, which is attempting to unmask the identity of an anonymous blogger accused of libel. Read the full story

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Technology vs privacy laws: a round up

Media Digest reported last week on the story that a Premier League footballer had filed to take Twitter and “persons unknown” to court, but the weekend saw an explosion of developments that are threatening to produce a landmark case for internet privacy law in the UK. Here’s a round-up of what occurred over the weekend. Read the full story

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Max Clifford suggests freedom of speech compromise

Max Clifford has admitted that only 20 per cent of the stories he has broken during his career as a celebrity PR guru would have been allowed if newspapers were forced to justify personal stories on the grounds of public interest.

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Heavy fines stop papers misbehaving, says lawyer

The threat of having to pay out high damages and costs has a “chilling effect” on freedom of speech, the media is often heard complaining – but some lawyers argue it is the only effective deterrent keeping the press from running wild. Read the full story

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“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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