The New Harmful Communications Offence and the Online Safety Bill

Photo by Gilles Lambert By Prof. Lorna Woods and Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, University of Essex, School of Law There has been much discussion about the threshold at which the new offence in cl 151 of the Online Safety Bill (OSB) might bite. We demonstrate here that the threshold is, as it is intended to be, … Continue reading The New Harmful Communications Offence and the Online Safety Bill

Advertising Watchdog Publishes Report on Tackling Harmful Racial and Ethnic Stereotyping in Ads

Photo by Yasin Yusuf By Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 3 February 2022, the UK’s regulator of advertising across all media, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), published its research in harmful racial and ethnic stereotyping in UK advertising. The survey highlighted a number of important issues that participant consumers raised about … Continue reading Advertising Watchdog Publishes Report on Tackling Harmful Racial and Ethnic Stereotyping in Ads

Libel Trial against Investigative Journalist Concludes Before the High Court: A Landmark Test of the Public Interest Defence

Carole Cadwalladr speaks at TED2019: Bigger Than Us (April 15 - 19, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada) Photo: Marla Aufmuth via Flickr By Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 14 January 2022, a high-profile libel trial began before Mrs Justice Steyn at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The British businessman … Continue reading Libel Trial against Investigative Journalist Concludes Before the High Court: A Landmark Test of the Public Interest Defence

Ofcom clears ITV for Piers Morgan’s controversial comments about Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle going to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2017 | Source: Wikimedia Commons Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, School of Law, University of Essex On 1 September 2021, Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, rejected a record of complaints about Piers Morgan’s comments on Good Morning Britain in the wake of the Duke … Continue reading Ofcom clears ITV for Piers Morgan’s controversial comments about Meghan Markle

Who Killed the Radio Star? How Music Blanket Licensing Distorts the Production of Creative Content in Radio

Photo by Eric Nopanen According to popular and scholarly belief, video killed the radio star. The golden age of radio, culminating in the 1930s and 1940s, was gone with the rise of television in the 1950s and 1960s. In their new article, titled ‘Who Killed the Radio Star? How Music Blanket Licensing Distorts the Production … Continue reading Who Killed the Radio Star? How Music Blanket Licensing Distorts the Production of Creative Content in Radio

Nevermind at 30: Why the Nirvana Baby Lawsuit is a Warning for Parents

Photo by Jurian Kersten Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex Nirvana’s album Nevermind has reached its 30th anniversary and is under more scrutiny than ever as a result of a lawsuit recently filed by the former cover-star. Spencer Elden, the underwater baby tempted by a dollar bill on a fishhook, is suing … Continue reading Nevermind at 30: Why the Nirvana Baby Lawsuit is a Warning for Parents

Channel 5 makes public apology for “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!” broadcast

Photo by Ehud Neuhaus Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, School of Law, University of Essex On 19 April 2021, Channel 5 publicly apologised and agreed to pay damages to a couple who were shown in the television programme Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd is a national broadcaster which broadcasts Channel 5, and also … Continue reading Channel 5 makes public apology for “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!” broadcast

Advertising Watchdog Warns Instagram Influencers over Compliance

Photo by Jakob Owens Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 18 March 2021, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s regulator of advertising across all media, published its research on whether influencer ads are appropriately disclosed on social media. The regulator’s report revealed a “disappointing overall rate of compliance” with … Continue reading Advertising Watchdog Warns Instagram Influencers over Compliance

A Suspected Murderer’s Right to a Fair Trial

Vigil for Sarah Everard in Sheffield | Photo by: Tim Dennell on Flickr When Sarah Everard was reported missing on March 4, the police launched an investigation and arrested a suspect, Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old Metropolitan police officer. Then when human remains, later identified as Everard’s body, were found in Ashford, Kent, the suspect was … Continue reading A Suspected Murderer’s Right to a Fair Trial

UK Radio Station Sanctioned by Ofcom over Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

Photo by Alessandro Cerino Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 7 December 2020, Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, found that The Family Programme, a live radio broadcast, featured potentially harmful statements about the COVID-19 pandemic without adequate protection for listeners. The regulator currently prioritises cases linked to the coronavirus where programmes … Continue reading UK Radio Station Sanctioned by Ofcom over Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories