The London Evening standard has apologised to Payam Tamiz, the former Conservative council candidate for salmestone, for publishing an article namedTory resigns over ˜Thanet girls are slags’ outburst. The article alleged that Mr Tamiz had been a member and administrator of a Facebook group entitled ˜Girls in THANET … you are all slags, hoes, brasses and bheads and that his personal web pages were littered with derogatory references to women. Mr Tamiz denied membership of the Facebook group and that his personal pages were littered with derogatory references to women.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Keir starmer has announced that the CPs will bring in guidelines as to when a prosecution should be brought against an individual accused of using social networking sites to send offensive messages. The announcement follows the decision not to prosecute Daniel Thomas, the semi-professional footballer, for posting a homophobic message on Twitter, relating to the Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield.
The judgment in McClaren v News Group Newspapers Ltd.  EWHC 2466 (QB) has sparked a considerable amount of interest amongst media commentators and lawyers and will undoubtedly be seen as a significant victory for the press.
The Divisional Court, in dismissing MPss appeal by way of case stated (Media Protection services Ltd v Crawford  EWHC 2373(Admin)), decided MPs had acted unlawfully in bringing a private prosecution for reward against the Crawfords in respect of alleged infringement of copyright in a television broadcast of a football match and the district judge had been right to find the proceedings void. Nick Brett considers the ramifications of the judgment.