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Public Service Broadcasting Pt I: How Do We Compare?

With the upcoming renewal of the BBC's Charter, we compare British public broadcasting with that of Germany and the USA. Is the BBC really as bad as the British think? The Germans have a much higher licence fee, with lower public perception, and the USA a grant of a mere $445 million USD.

11:00, 6th August 2015
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Hypocrisy And The Human Rights Act: Article 10

The very same media organisations that are so critical of the Human Rights Act 1998 serially utilise Article 10, the freedom of expression, to further their own causes. By using Article 10, newspapers can justify practices and actions which would otherwise be an invasion of privacy under Article 8.

11:00, 23rd June 2015
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Anonymity of Young Offenders Following Criminal Proceedings

On 3rd November 2014, William Cornick, aged 16, was convicted and then sentenced for the murder of his teacher within the confines of a classroom. Following his conviction, the court decided that Cornick should not be protected by an anonymity order, allowing the media to publicly identify him.

13:40, 12th December 2014
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How Long Until Privacy Prevails?

Last month, Lord Neuberger gave a speech concerning the need for privacy law reform. As consumers, we are increasingly giving more and more personal information to second and third parties. Chris Bridges presents some ideas for heightened data regulation to protect this valuable information.

11:15, 13th September 2014
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Press Enemy #1: Lay off the Guardian, Cameron.

Last week, seven leading international press organisations addressed a public letter asking David Cameron to lay off The Guardian which is currently under investigation for the role it played in the publishing of leaked NSA secrets. How should press freedom and national security be balanced?

12:13, 27th February 2014
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The Leveson Inquiry: The Media & Data Protection

The Information Commissioners Office has recently provided some draft guidance to media organisations on the applicability of the Data Protection Act 1998 to journalists. However this guidance highlights a strong difference in opinion between the ICO and the Leveson Inquiry, which should prevail?

13:21, 15th February 2014
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A complicated relationship: The ECtHR, media, privacy & freedom of expression

Hugh Tomlinson QC, a well-regarded media and privacy law expert, has recently criticised the ECtHR for blurring the boundaries between privacy and defamation cases. Chris Bridges provides a brief history of privacy law, highlights how this blurring has come about, and why it is important.

12:40, 9th February 2014
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