Terror notes journalist to speak at Media Law Conference

Shiv Malik – the journalist who today won a major victory in his legal campaign to keep his sources secret – is to be a key-note speaker at the Press Gazette and Press Association Media Law conference next Wednesday.

Malik has been battling against an order made under the Terrorism Act 2000 for him to give up all his notes in relation to his book on terrorism in the UK.

After a three-day-judicial review hearing last month – Malik today won the right not to give up his notes and so protect his sources, for the present. But the order is to be the subject of a further hearing next week.

Malik will go through the ramifications of today’s judicial review judgment and explain why he thinks his case is such a crucial one for UK press freedom.

The climax of next week’s conference will be the ‘great debate’where lawyers on either side of the argument will discuss whether conditional free agreements are a gag on freedom of speech or a vital means to provide access to justice.

There are still a limited number of tickets available for the Press Gazette and Press Association Media Law conference – and those interested in booking a ticket should contact Alex Pont, at Press Gazette, on 0207 3242379 – or email her at apont@wilmington.co.uk. Tickets for the one day conference, to include lunch and refreshments, are: £395 for lawyers and £295 for journalists

Speakers for the conference include::

  • Caroline Kean, Partner, Wiggin & Co: Developing laws of privacy: where we are now and the risks
  • David Hooper, Partner, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain: defamation update
  • Mike Dodd, Editor, Media Lawyer: A master class on challenging reporting restrictions
  • Andrew Nicol QC, Doughty Street Chambers: Contempt of Court – Where are judges currently drawing the line? How far can journalists go?
  • Heather Rogers QC, Matrix Chambers:Fighting for Freedom of Information in the courts
  • Maurice Frankel, Director, Campaign for Freedom of Information: 11.30-11.45 Strengths and weaknesses of the Freedom of Information Act so far and latest Government proposals to extend the act
  • Matt Davis, Connors Press Associates: Practical tips for journalists on getting the most out of FoI
  • Terry Manners, Group Publishing Editor, The Press Association: Legal Tales from the Fleet Street frontline
  • Shiv Malik, freelance journalist: My fight against the Terrorism Act to keep sources secret.
  • Robin Hamman, head of blogs network BBC: moderating online content
  • Christina Michalos QC: protecting your copyright online
  • David Price, David Price Solicitors and Advocates; Adam Tudor, Carter Ruck; Tony Jaffa, Foot Anstey; Richard Lumb, Cost Advocates. The great debate: conditional free agreements – access to justice or gag on freedom of speech?

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