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

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

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