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Source of contention | Media Law Journal

When - if ever - should journalists be forced to disclose their confidential sources? It’s been a hot issue lately. The Crown applied to court for an order requiring TV3 to provide Continue Reading

Campbell’s costs and journalists’ sources

"Even the judges know who Naomi Campbell is". At least Baroness Hale of Richmond does, since this is how she began her speech in Campbell v MGN AC 457, UKHL 22 (6 May 2004), in which she was a Continue Reading

Fast cars and journalists’ sources

In Sanoma Uitgevers BV v The Netherlands Application no 38224/03 (14 September 2010) (Inforrm's Blog | Index on Censorship Free Speech Blog | JuraBlogs), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Continue Reading

The Irish Times goes to Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a beautiful city: it possesses a magnificent gothic cathedral; the Grande île is a UNESCO World Heritage site; and it is home to many European institutions, including the the Continue Reading

Birthday Times

The above image is the front page of the first ever Times newspaper, first published as the Universal Daily Register on 1 January 1785. From today's Times Online: The Times Continue Reading

The Irish Times should appeal the costs order to the ECHR – Part II

In Mahon Tribunal v Keena IESC 64 (31 July 2009) (also here (pdf) (to which I will refer as Mahon Tribunal v Keena (No 1)) the Irish Times successfully resisted an attempt by the Mahon Tribunal to Continue Reading

The Irish Times should appeal the costs order to the ECHR – Part I

In a classic example of giving with one hand and taking away with the other, the Supreme Court first held that the Irish Times could assert a privilege to decline to answer questions from a Tribunal, Continue Reading

Two journalists’ conceptions of source privilege

In today's Irish Times obituary of Robert Novak (pictured left, on the cover of his autobiography), there is an excellent summary of the Judith Miller affair. From the obituary (with added Continue Reading


Me in a hatHi there! Thanks for dropping by. I’m Eoin O’Dell, and this is my blog: Cearta.ie – the Irish for rights.

“Cearta” really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

In general, I write here about private law, free speech, and cyber law; and, in particular, I write about Irish law and education policy.

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What I'd like for here is a simple widget that takes the list of feeds from my existing RSS reader and displays it here as a blogroll. Nothing fancy. I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

I had built a blogroll here on my Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Google Reader produced a line of html for each RSS subscription category, each of which I pasted here. So I had a list of my subscriptions as my blogroll, organised by category, which updated whenever I edited Google Reader. Easy peasy. However, with the sad and unnecessary demise of that product, so also went this blogroll. Please take a moment to mourn Google Reader. If there's an RSS reader which provides a line of html for the list of subscriptions, or for each RSS subscription category as Google Reader did, I'd happily use that. So, as I've already begged, I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

Meanwhile, please bear with me until I find a new RSS+Blogroll solution




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