Why Sun’s 'I killed them' front page on alleged EastEnders actress killer was safe under Contempt of CourtBy Cleland Thom 13 January 10:34
I think most people would agree that The Sun’s front page story about the arrest of Arthur Winston-Kent for an alleged triple murder stood a chance of prejudicing his trial!
Google has been hit with a 'remove or else' order by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) over links to stories in some online media archives.
Young offenders and accused aged 16 and 17 can no longer be identified in Scottish criminal cases.
By Cleland Thom 21 July 11:22
Websites that do not provide adequate cookie consent forms are unlikely to get more than a warning, following a change in approach by the Information Commissioner.
By Cleland Thom 16 July 13:08
New legislation that makes posting revenge porn a criminal offence may cause an ethical dilemma for editors.
After 'voyeurism' ... other activities that journalists should avoid if they don't want to get arrestedBy Cleland Thom 13 July 18:04
The news that a Mail on Sunday reporter was questioned about criminal voyeurism after investigating a story shows that the police will use any law to harass journalists.
By Cleland Thom 09 July 13:53
It's unusual for a court to rule in favour of using the photograph of a teenager. So the Supreme Court's recent decision in the case involving the Derry Journal is welcome.
By Cleland Thom 05 July 19:09
The media's freedom to publish unmoderated comments from readers on internet message boards is facing a new threat from the European Commission.
By Cleland Thom 24 June 21:45
The Government's plans to introduce a UK Bill of Rights has received a mixed reception. But if the proposed legislation included the guaranteed freedom of the press, I'd be all for it.
By Cleland Thom 22 June 15:29
Online news providers could be liable for unlawful user comments on their message boards, following a surprising decision by the European Court of Human Rights last week.
Some good news for photographers - a new ruling means they can sue for copyright breaches in the UK courts, even when their images have been used in another EU country.
By Cleland Thom 12 June 14:23
Many people have compared the stabbing of a teacher in front of his class in Bradford with the murder of Ann Maguire just over a year ago. The circumstances were similar, and the schools were not far apart.
Libel is an unpredictable area. And that's certainly the case with the new Defamation Act 2013.
Blow for court reporters as barristers' ethics committee suggests withholding court documents from the pressBy Cleland Thom 09 June 11:32
Journalists covering court cases will find it harder to get basic information, if an influential committee gets its way.
The section 39 order, which has been used to prevent the media from identifying under-18s in adult court cases, has now been replaced in criminal courts.
By Cleland Thom 18 April 12:01
Tom Wall's legal victory over the Ministry of Justice and the Information Commissioner is as worrying as it is remarkable.
High Court ruling against Facebook over sex offender post shows media must act promptly on take-down requestsBy Cleland Thom 16 April 23:26
Media websites would do well to heed a recent decision by the Northern Ireland high court about the way Facebook responded to a take-down request.
By Cleland Thom 31 March 12:32
The first bout of Dave v Ed on TV last night signaled the unofficial start of the general election campaign. And journalists can look forward two another five weeks on mud-slinging, claim and counter-claim.
New government figures confirm the recent trend that privacy junctions are becoming a thing of the past
There's a saying that one man's tragedy is another man's treasure