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There’s another report from the Law Commission on privacy: this one the culmination of many of the others.
The report’s not up on the website yet, but it seems that the key recommendations are:
no change to the tort established in Hosking v Runting.
creation of a new offence of trespassing on someone’s property to install a surveillance […]
The British Culture, Media and Sport Committee has released its report into press standards, privacy and libel.
Privacy tort: No change. In particular, no legal requirement for the media to give notice to people who’s privacy they’re about to invade in an upcoming story, though a failure to provide such notice should hike any damages awarded.
The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against the radio broadcast of Lily Allen’s song “Fuck You”, broadcast on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons on The Edge. I think they were wrong to do so, and I think it demonstrates that they still don’t really understand the Bill of Rights Act.
If it were just a […]
The BSA has pinged RadioLive talkback host Michael Laws yet again, this time for “blatant misrepresentation”. He had an exchange of emails with a health official concerned with Maori smoking that said:
Laws: Stick to trying to get Māori to quit smoking, will you? Not exactly a sparkling success story, is it?
Broughton: Not really. Not when […]
Well, recent events have given a certain piquancy to the broadcasting standards complaint about this exchange between Paul Henry and Alison Mau, on Breakfast last year:
Henry: …a little bit later in the morning I thought we might talk about the Acting Principal Family Court Judge’s call that it’s time the adoption laws were updated to […]
Brady Errol Chadwick has suffered a setback in his defamation claim against the Dominion Post. He has been ordered to pay $10,000 security for costs, which means that it’s unlikely his case will progress.
This will be a relief to Fairfax since it’s not at all clear the media organisation would have been able to afford […]
Take a gander at this extraordinary passage from the sentencing notes: the judge described the sentencing outcomes in objectionable publications cases as “all over the place with no apparent consistency at all”.
Sounds like a news story to me.
I think the decision is wrong, but I can sympathise with the judge. He cites R v Wilson & Horton (the American billionaire case) but not the other leading case of R v Liddell, where it was held that:
[name suppression orders] are never to be imposed lightly, and in cases of conviction for serious crime […]
The latest development in the Alison Mau saga reads like a media law exam question.
On Breakfast TV she took a swipe at Woman’s Day, saying its “paparazzi photographer has been stalking me, my children and my friends for a month now, quite possibly more, following me to the supermarket, the kids’ tennis and touch rugby, […]