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

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

New Socio-Legal Research on Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Advertising

Photo by Joshua Earle Dr. Alexandros Antoniou and Dr. Dimitris Akrivos, Lecturers in Media Law, University of Essex A year after the introduction of the UK Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) new rule on gender stereotyping, a new study evaluates the regulator’s approach to depictions of harmful gender stereotypes in advertisements. Dr Alexandros Antoniou and Dr … Continue reading New Socio-Legal Research on Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Advertising

LONDON LIVE sanctioned by Ofcom for broadcasting ‘potentially harmful’ interview on COVID-19

Image by Pexels Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 20 April 2020, the UK communications regulator Ofcom ruled that ESTV Ltd had breached its Broadcasting Code by airing an interview on the Coronavirus pandemic which risked causing “significant harm to viewers.” ESTV Ltd, the licensee, is the owner of the … Continue reading LONDON LIVE sanctioned by Ofcom for broadcasting ‘potentially harmful’ interview on COVID-19

TV Cameras To Be Allowed To Film in Crown Court in England and Wales

Photo by Julian Schiemann Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 16 January 2020, the Ministry of Justice announced plans to allow for the first time in England and Wales recordings and broadcasts from the Crown Court with the aim of increasing public engagement with the justice system. Filming is already permitted … Continue reading TV Cameras To Be Allowed To Film in Crown Court in England and Wales

Money Market Funds Reforms in the US and the EU

Dr Mohammed Alshaleel, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, published an article titled 'Money Market Funds Reforms in the US and the EU: The Quest for Financial Stability'. The article considers the impact of money market funds (MMFs) reforms in the US and the EU on the money market fund industry and global financial … Continue reading Money Market Funds Reforms in the US and the EU

Haim Abraham’s paper on Parenting, Surrogacy and the State cited by the Supreme Court of Israel

The Israel Supreme Court recently cited a paper written by Haim Abraham, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex. The paper titled 'Parenting, Surrogacy, and the State' demonstrates that Israel’s legislation, and regulation of assisted reproduction treatments, systematically discriminates individuals and same-sex couples based on sexual orientation, family status, or gender. By surveying the … Continue reading Haim Abraham’s paper on Parenting, Surrogacy and the State cited by the Supreme Court of Israel

Community Radio Station Found in Breach of Ofcom’s Offensiveness Rules

Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 16 December 2019, Ofcom, the United Kingdom's communications regulator, found that Radio Caroline had breached Section Two of its Code, which outlines standards for broadcast content so as to provide members of the public with adequate protection from harmful and offensive material. Radio Caroline, … Continue reading Community Radio Station Found in Breach of Ofcom’s Offensiveness Rules

International Co-operation on Platform Governance

Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law at the University of Essex and co-author of the Carnegie UK Trust’s proposals for Harm Reduction on Social Media, gave evidence on 7 November 2019 at the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News in Dublin. The Committee, formed of Parliamentarians from eleven countries, met for the third time, having previously convened … Continue reading International Co-operation on Platform Governance

‘Milk-shaking’ political figures and irresponsible advertising

Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 2 October 2019, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s advertising watchdog, banned a promotional tweet on Burger King’s Twitter page on the grounds that it condoned anti-social behaviour. Background In May 2019, a 32-year-old man launched a milkshake at Nigel Farage, the Brexit … Continue reading ‘Milk-shaking’ political figures and irresponsible advertising