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Upcoming journalism events

In Events, Journalism on April 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Some journalism dates for the diary:

10 May, 18:30, City University London: Alan Rusbridger on ‘Libel: the long, slow road to reform’, with Alan Rusbridger, Editor, The Guardian

9 May, 18:30, City University London: Beyond the paywall

13 May, 9am, City University London: Sustaining local journalism

Privacy injunction hearings: not ‘super’ but anonymous

In Journalism, Law on April 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm

By Judith Townend

This week I helped the Inforrm blog put together a list of privacy injunction hearings, to contribute to the debate about super and anonymous injunctions. Versions of the post have appeared on the BBC College of Journalism and the Italian-English Media Laws site. Or see below…

Limited information is available about privacy injunction hearings in British courts but sometimes the press cries ‘super injunction’ when it’s simply not.

A super injunction is where its very existence cannot be reported – as in the cases involving Trafigura (2009) and Terry (2010). As media lawyer Mark Thomson explained in a footnote on the Inforrm media law blog last year: “The ‘super injunction’ part of the order is the restraint on publication of the existence of the proceeding.”

So the recent case of ZAM v CFW, despite media reports to the contrary, did not involve a super injunction – as freelance lawyer and former Guardian readers’ editor Siobhain Butterworth confirms in an article here.

Instead, it was an order in which the names were anonymised – hence the mysterious ZAM and CFW – but the media could report that the injunction existed and the judgment was publicly available online.

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Event @City: Transnational media and audiences in the UK

In City University London, Events on April 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

An event at City tomorrow night:

  • Thursday, April 7 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Location: AG07, College Building, City University London, London


Globalisation is changing the way media are produced and consumed. It favours the expansion of cross-border cultural flows and opens up from within national media systems. This seminar focuses on the resulting growth of transnational media and audiences in Britain. It examines how cross-border TV channels are consumed in this country and how, in turn, the British TV content sector has adapted to the global age and learned to pro…duce for an international market.


  • Prof. Daya Thussu, University of Westminster: “News contra-flows and the ‘rise’ of Asia”
  • Prof. Christina Slade, City University: “Media and citizenship: Arabic transnational television cultures in Europe”
  • Dr Jean Chalaby, City University: “Reinventing the wheel of fortune: How British formats conquered the world”
  • Dr Andrea Esser Roehampton University: “British formats to the world: Ratings hits and primetime staple”

To reserve a place please contact

Hosted by the Department of Sociology/International Communication Society