Monday, 2 January 2012

Whistleblowers, defamation, News International surveillance target

There have been some very interesting guest speakers at NUJ London Freelance Branch of late, here are my meeting reports from The Freelance:

Whistleblowing in the wind - Private Eye's Andrew Bousfield on health service whistleblowers, and Cathy James of Public Concern at Work on the limited legal protection available for those who uncover wrongdoing at work. More... (From The Freelance October 2011)

Libel reform and the public interest - libel lawyer Robert Dougans (he defended Simon Singh against the British Chiropractic Association) and Index on Censorship's Padraig Reidy on the prospects for libel reform, and on famous libel cases from Duke of Brunswick v Weekly Despatch to the "Goodbye Gombeen Man" case. More.... (From The Freelance November 2011, co-authored with Padraig Belton.)

Who rules now? Minny Dowler' family's libel lawyer, News International surveillance target and Leveson Inquiry star witness Mark Lewis on media ethics on the eve of the Leveson Inquiry. Also starring Professor Natalie Fenton of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy (Goldsmiths, University of London. More... (From the Freelance, December 2011.)

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