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OPEN LETTER On Behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Their Children

Rest assured that we continue to take legal steps to manage these incidents as they occur. But we are aware that many people who read and enjoy the publications that fuel the market for unauthorised photos of children do not know about the unacceptable circumstances behind what are often lovely images. The use of these photos is usually dressed up with fun, positive language about the ‘cute’, ‘adorable’ photos and happy write ups about the family. We feel readers deserve to understand the tactics deployed to obtain these pictures.

PUBLIC OPINION AGAINST STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PATRICK KANE By Robin Barnes

PUBLIC OPINION AGAINST STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PATRICK KANE

“Their Royal Heilnesses” Seriously?

This week the Sun, a prominent UK newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, featured a shocking front cover with an image photo-shopped from a film stolen from the palace with the headline: “Their Royal Heilnesses.” A clip from a 1933 family video shows Edward VIII teaching his nieces, the seven-year-old future Queen, her three-year-old sister Margaret along with the late Queen […]

High Level Impact of Charleston Massacre?

…the role of symbolic speech in our daily lives when government officials at that state and local levels tacitly endorse messages of hate. The massacre in Charleston, South Carolina provided a stark example on the eve of that decision.

The Edwards Affair By Robin Barnes

Prospective jurors were asked their opinions of Mr. Edwards, their views on adultery, and their political leanings. Similar to the media coverage of the affair, none of these issues relate to issues of justice and fairness in democracy, nor has the case sparked any meaningful debate about campaign finance laws in general.

Dan Lyons fears Facebook investors encouraging insane IPO valuation: 100 billion?

What’s a mere 100 billion between them to secure the kind of power that having that much information on the whole of the electorate can ultimately buy?

Committee in UK Parliament Seek Reform of Defamation Law and Government Intervention

UK report on Defamation limits defenses against libel claims to strike a fairer balance between the protection of reputation and tabloid “free speech.”

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/joint-select/draft-defamation-bill1/news/publication-report/

Celebrity Scandal Roundup By Robin Barnes

With the debt ceiling crisis left unresolved and millions of protestors taking to the streets to Occupy McPherson Square and its equivalent all over this great nation, you would imagine that the tabloid stalking of celebrities might cease while a spotlight is shined on Wall Street Barons. Oh well, dare to dream.  The Washington Post […]

Murdoch’s News Corp Will Not Gain Controlling Interest of British Sky Broadcasting Group By Robin Barnes

The satellite broadcasting company headquartered in London, known as BSkyB, narrowly escaped Murdoch’s grasp.   After years of calling for meaningful analysis of the legal grounds used to support the widespread abuse of media power, it’s refreshing to note that News Corp’s phone-hacking scandal has been appropriately addressed on one side of the Atlantic.  It was […]

Media Attacks on Child Stars and Children of Stars Reaches New Low By Robin Barnes

The headlines are getting worse and worse. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise and Kate Holmes have a strong basis for a legal challenge to public media attacks on their kids. Tabloid-style stalking and criticism of their kids and parenting styles has reached an all time low, and is one of the reasons […]