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Hate-Monger Ban: Trump, Westboro Baptist, KKK, & anti-Muslim Bloggers

Trump UK ban petition passes 370,000 signatures 10 December 2015 A petition calling for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be barred from entering the UK has gathered more than 370,000 names, so MPs will have to consider debating it. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35052505   The petition went on Parliament’s e-petition website on Tuesday. It was posted in […]

RETURNING TO THE FUNDAMENTAL TENETS OF “GOOD JOURNALISM”

While it’s impossible to predict what’s next, what we do know is that we are operating in a state of continual disruption, where something new is always around the corner. Whether it’s the further proliferation of mobile devices or the evolution of social platforms and interactive channels, news organizations that are able to recognize these new trends will be ahead of the curve.

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 […]

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.

Dharun Ravi was Convicted of a Hate Crime and Hate Speech is Still the Problem By Robin Barnes

Alternet’s Julianne Hing recently posted an article on the conviction and sentencing of former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi. Ravi’s is a tale of outrageous invasion of privacy, cyber bullying, hate speech and more. He videotaped his gay roommate’s sexual encounters and posted them on the internet with vicious commentary. Ravi faces up to 10 years […]

New Book – Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom

In Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom, Paul Tweed asks the reader to decide whether there is indeed any hope for a return to the principle of quality in journalism that embodies fair and accurate reporting without offense to the rights and dignity of its citizenry.

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/

Society’s Increasingly Obsessive Voyeurism By Patricia Sanchez-Abril

All of us are affected when one of us is treated in a way that denigrates them as women and as human beings – whether or not they are “rich and famous.”

Does It Get Anymore Dysfunctional Than This? By Robin Barnes

If a lawyer wants to mount a soap box about shame and respect, examine the antics of the paparazzi and the publishers for whom they stalk about and assess the extent of the fear and shame they feel when facing the “might and power” of the system, while represented by lawyers hiding behind the First Amendment.