EU: Open Letter To EU Competition Commissioner Exerts Pressure For Tougher “Vertical Search” Settlement With Google
Search Engine Land
Late last week a group of Google critics, rivals and complainants sent an “open letter” to EU competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia asking him to focus on the “vertical search” or “search neutrality” dimensions of the Google antitrust case.
Australia: PM says media reform moves over
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed the government has given up on its remaining proposals for media reform, billed by media organisations as an attack on free speech.
In Burma, newspapers are going daily, but the transformation to watch may be in mobile
Nieman Journalism Lab
A news ecosystem poised for growth has some fundamental questions to figure out — financial, legal, and journalistic.
France: Twitter sued for $50 million over racist, anti-Semitic tweet data
Twitter has been hit with a $50 million lawsuit over claims it failed to comply with a French court order to reveal details about users who posted racist and anti-Semitic messages on the site.
French mother on trial for son Jihad’s T-shirt
A T-shirt worn by a 3-year-old nursery-schooler named Jihad has led to an unusual and politically charged criminal trial here that tests the limits of free speech — and common sense — in a France increasingly ill at ease with its growing Muslim population.
France: Are the French Preparing an E-Book Revolution? Mais Oui!
Ireland: Call for debate on criminalising cyber-bullies
Serious questions need to be addressed as to whether society wants to see its children criminalised under the law for abusing social media, a conference on cyber-bullying heard today.
Jamaica: Gov’t tables anti-libel Bill
The media-friendly Act to repeal the Defamation Act and the Libel and Slander Act was tabled in the Senate Friday, after a near 15-month delay.
Malaysia would be chaos if media laws abolished’
New Strait Times
The people of Malaysia will be confused and the country in chaos if all the laws relating to the media are abolished, according to some media specialists.
Russia: Did Boris Berezovsky Kill Himself? More Compelling, Did He Kill Forbes Editor Paul Klebnikov
Somalia: Gunmen kill female journalist
Abdikarim Ahmed Bulhan, the director of Abudwak radio in central Somalia, said Monday that two men armed with pistols killed 25-year-old Rahmo Abdulqadir Farah in Mogadishu on Sunday evening.
Thai TV show draws army wrath for lese-majeste debate
A television show is testing the boundaries of controversial laws protecting Thailand’s monarchy, drawing a rebuke from the army chief and criticism from a government minister who ruled out changes to the country’s draconian lese-majeste rules.
Tunisian blogger faces prison
Tunisian blogger Olfa Riahi has been charged with criminal defamation for posting an item in which the country’s former foreign minister was alleged to have misused public funds.
UK: Newspapers bid to change Leveson deal with Lords amendment
Lord Black of Brentwood, the executive director of the Telegraph Media Group, is hoping to persuade peers debating the crime and courts bill that it would be “wrong in principle” to create a system allowing courts to award exemplary damages against newspapers that remain outside the approved regulator.
UK: Lawyers for Media Standards–serious concerns about Royal Charter arbitration scheme
International Forum for Responsible Media Blog
UK: Leading media lawyers say legal backing for new press regulation regime is against European law
Four legal experts have said they believe that the threat of exemplary damages would not stand up to a challenge under the Article 10 right to freedom of expression enshrined in European law and the Human Rights Act.
Alan Rusbridger: press should be given a year to make self-regulation work
Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, has urged the government to allow the newspaper industry to set up its own regulatory system and give it a year to prove itself before shackling papers with a regime that could threaten 300 years of press freedom.
UK; Alan Davies ‘could pay out £200,000’ over Lord McAlpine false child abuse tweet
The payout could be the largest so far in the McAlpine scandal, which was triggered by Newsnight’s November 2 broadcast about paedophiles targeting children at a care home in Wrexham. Lord McAlpine was wrongly implicated in the programme and his name was then widely mentioned on the internet, including Twitter.
UK: Mail Online sued over ‘voyeuristic’ photos of Paul Weller’s children
Six photographs, featured under the headline “A family day out … Paul Weller takes wife Hannah and his twin sons out for a spot of shopping in the hot LA sun”, have been complained about by the Wellers.
UK: “‘Protecting free speech: A Public Interest Defence for the Media?”, A Debate at Gray’s Inn – Henry Vane
International Forum for Responsible Media Blog
UK: Buzzfeed in the UK: Are kittens, owls and boy bands the media’s future?
Monday marks the launch of BuzzFeed UK, the first overseas office of the wildly popular American website that has been hailed as either the death knell or the future of the media.
Zimbabwe: Mtetwa freed on $500 bail
As part of her bail conditions, Mtetwa was ordered not to interfere with state witnesses. High Court Judge, Justice Joseph Musakwa had on Friday postponed the bail application to today. Musakwa’s granting of bail to Mtetwa overrules an earlier judgment by Harare Magistrate, Marehwanazvo Gofa.