Monthly Archives: September 2012

The London Evening standard apologises to Payam Tamiz over Facebook slags article

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.

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CPs to introduce guidance on when to prosecute in ‘trolling’ cases

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.

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Judgment in steve McClaren’s failed application for privacy injunction published

The judgment in McClaren v News Group Newspapers Ltd. [2012] 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.

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Private Prosecutions: Media Protection services Ltd v Crawford – a case analysis

The Divisional Court, in dismissing MPss appeal by way of case stated (Media Protection services Ltd v Crawford [2012] 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.

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