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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.
By Cleland Thom 14 October 0:15
The Home Office's announcement that it will introduce measures to stop the police using RIPA to access journalists' phone records appears to be a rare victory for press freedom.
By Cleland Thom 07 October 13:04

I welcome Ofcom's decision to take no further action against Sky TV’s Colin Brazier over his report of the MH

By Cleland Thom 23 September 12:45
The threat that Ripa poses to journalists’ sources is a damning indictment on Parliament. They could have built in a journalistic exemption. But they didn't.
By Cleland Thom 22 September 10:07
Be warned: the EU cookie monster in on the prowl this week.
By Cleland Thom 13 September 17:16
A new restriction on reporting Scottish courts went largely unnoticed, but will have a serious affect on crime reporting north of the border.
By Cleland Thom 13 September 16:51
A report in Kent Online about the court appearance of a man charged with murdering a pensioner made me scratch my head.
By Cleland Thom 11 September 10:26
The Metropolitan Police were wrong to warn people who watched the video of the beheading of an American journalist that they could be committing a crime.
By Cleland Thom 28 August 14:55
Google Glass is now on sale in the UK. And as hordes of journalists are no doubt rushing out to buy the £1,000 device, it’s worth look at the legal issues.
By Cleland Thom 21 August 12:17
I blogged the other day about the way the police misuse terrorism legislation to target journalists, and the public.
By Cleland Thom 20 August 11:37
A judge has provided the first clues about the realities of the new Defamation Act’s ‘serious harm’ test.
By Cleland Thom 15 August 10:23
The independent reviewer of terrorism legislation’s concerns about free speech (Guardian) provide another example of how the law is being used to stifle journalism.
By Cleland Thom 07 August 13:52
Plans to give lifelong anonymity to young people involved in court proceedings are to be introduced by the Government.
By Cleland Thom 29 July 9:50
Most journalists understand sexual offences anonymity laws well. But many forget that the PCC code applies to reports sexual offences, as well – and can be stricter. This was illustrated last week, when the Northern Echo was ordered to pay costs and damages of around £10,000 after naming a rape victim.
By Cleland Thom 28 July 9:54
The Government has rejected calls to tighten up youth crime reporting restrictions following the death of Leeds school teacher Ann Maguire.
By Cleland Thom 25 July 9:31
Editors used to work on the basis that public interest applied to every story they published … if it didn’t, they wouldn’t be publishing it.
By Cleland Thom 18 July 9:25
It’s puzzled me for years why nobody has tried to weaken journalists’ rights under the Data Protection Act.