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By Cleland Thom 14 May 17:20
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.
By 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.
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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.
By Cleland Thom 17 March 12:24
New government figures confirm the recent trend that privacy junctions are becoming a thing of the past
By Cleland Thom 12 March 11:38
There's a saying that one man's tragedy is another man's treasure
By Cleland Thom 10 March 12:25
A powerful House of Commons committee has called for training and guidance on the use of Personal Information Notices (PINs) by police
By Cleland Thom 01 March 19:55
Journalists will be able to cover some court cases without leaving their desks if a new recommendations are implemented by the government.
By Cleland Thom 07 February 18:06
The case of the Croydon Advertiser reporter who was warned by police for emailing and door-stepping a woman who was later convicted of fraud raises some worrying legal issues.
By Cleland Thom 02 February 21:58
Greater minds than mine - and there are many - have grappled with the issue: What is a journalist?
By Cleland Thom 13 January 17:58
The brutal excecution of the Charlie Hebdo journalists last week didn't surprise me. There have always been those who are so arrogant, and yet so thin-skinned and insecure about their beliefs, that they feel compelled to kill people who disagree with them.
By Cleland Thom 05 January 10:03
The new Defamation Act makes it harder for individuals to sue media organisations. But editors shouldn’t be complacent.
By Cleland Thom 22 December 10:43
There’s nothing like a Christmas quiz. And this is nothing like a Christmas quiz. It’s a chance to test your knowledge of some of 2014’s legal and ethical issues.
By Cleland Thom 17 December 11:20
The Information Commissioner has urged the media to be 'open and honest' with the public when they are using drones.
By Cleland Thom 28 November 10:12
EU privacy regulators are attempting to stop the media from circumventing people's 'right to be forgotten' requests.
By Cleland Thom 26 November 12:52
The first libel case under the new Defamation Act has put one important issue beyond doubt: libel juries are likely to be a thing of the past.
By Cleland Thom 28 October 10:23
A call by Nick Clegg to have a public interest defence for the press inserted into laws like RIPA and the Bribery Act has been backed by the Society of Editors.
By Cleland Thom 23 October 12:21
Journalists whose researched is hampered by the Google Spain Right to be forgotten ruling should be able to find delisted content via
By Cleland Thom 18 October 13:08
A change in copyright law could make media websites even more vulnerable to having their content ripped off.
By Cleland Thom 15 October 15:01
A new warning by the Information Commissioner could affect journalists if they take their contact books with them when they leave their jobs.