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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

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Pinsents partner finds common purpose

Pinsent & Co senior partner Julian Tonks has been appointed chair of educational organisation Birmingham Common Purpose. Common Purpose, which runs study programmes in 26 cities throughout the UK in areas such as crime and justice and economy and employment, is aimed at “high-fliers” from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Participants attend a series […]

Committee guilty of racism

A BLACK probation officer was subjected to racial discrimination by his employer, the Merseyside Probation Committee, which denied him access to a practice teacher’s course, the Liverpool industrial tribunal has ruled. In its decision handed down on 7 October the tribunal, which sat for 24 days, accepted the argument of Hamilton De Gale who claimed […]

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