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

Marketers in Hot Water: ASA Rulings During the COVID-19 Crisis

Photo by Luca Bravo Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex Being conscious of its regulatory role during the ongoing global health crisis, the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”), the UK’s regulator of advertising across all media, aims to act with due regard to the circumstances faced by businesses in the current emergency. … Continue reading Marketers in Hot Water: ASA Rulings During the COVID-19 Crisis

‘Old-fashioned alpha males’ against ‘professional homosexuals’: media justice and discriminatory reporting in the wake of the Greek #MeToo movement

Photo by Mika Baumeister Dr. Dimitris Akrivos, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex From the exposure of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s crimes to the Westminster sexual harassment scandal, the #MeToo movement has in recent years spread around the world, empowering survivors of sexual violence to share their traumatic experiences on social and news media. … Continue reading ‘Old-fashioned alpha males’ against ‘professional homosexuals’: media justice and discriminatory reporting in the wake of the Greek #MeToo movement

Coronavirus and Harm in Broadcast Content

Photo by Fringer Cat UK communications regulator Ofcom has so far made six sanctions decisions on broadcast content related to the coronavirus. What do these decisions illustrate about what Ofcom considers harmful? In this post, Professor Lorna Woods explains the different types of harm that the regulator appears to take into account when considering misinformation around the virus and … Continue reading Coronavirus and Harm in Broadcast Content

The Defamation ‘Drag Race’ against Laurence Fox

Photo by Harry Quan Dr. Alexandros Antoniou and Dr. Dimitris Akrivos, School of Law, University of Essex On 6 October 2020, Drag Race UK participant Crystal publicly announced her intention to pursue a defamation action against actor and aspiring politician Laurence Fox after calling her a ‘paedophile’ on Twitter. The comment was made in relation … Continue reading The Defamation ‘Drag Race’ against Laurence Fox

The Johnny Depp Libel Trial Explained

Photo by PxHere Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On November 2 2020, London’s High Court handed down its hotly anticipated judgment in the high-profile libel case brought by Hollywood actor Johnny Depp over a newspaper article which labelled him a “wife-beater”. In his 585-paragraph ruling the presiding judge, Mr Justice Nicol, … Continue reading The Johnny Depp Libel Trial Explained

ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect

Photo by Igor Starkov Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 2 September 2020, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the United Kingdom's independent body established to uphold information rights, formally issued its Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice which should be followed by online services to protect children’s privacy. The Age Appropriate … Continue reading ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect