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By Cleland Thom 24 March 11:00

A man took a ‘selfie’ in court – and became the latest victim of the law that has prevented journalists taking photos in court for decades.

By Cleland Thom 24 March 10:45
Essex Police have unwittingly contributed to the ongoing debate about police posting a crime story direct to a newspaper’s website.
By Cleland Thom 14 March 16:28
I saw a court report about a dodgy curry house on a magazine’s website.
By Cleland Thom 25 February 13:12

A ruling by the European Union Court of Justice earlier this month could have a big impact on media websites.

The ruling affects hyperlinks to articles on other sites, and could result in more EU media organisations using paywalls.

By Cleland Thom 06 February 15:03
Just when you thought it was safe to defame dead people, the European Court of Human Rights has issued a judgement that looks likely to make it more dangerous than ever.
By Cleland Thom 09 December 14:45
The convictions of two private investigators who ‘blagged’ people’s person details from organisations should ring alarm bells for journalists.
By Cleland Thom 02 December 10:18
I said in this blog last month that newspapers, magazines and websites can get into legal difficulties because of procedural errors rather than a lack of legal knowledge.
By Cleland Thom 28 November 11:19
A reporter's experience covering a parish council meeting earlier this month exposed an apparent gap in government guidelines on live blogging.
By Cleland Thom 17 November 6:54
We can learn one important lesson from the £42,500 damages award against TNT Multimedia after its publication of a photo that breached a court injunction: get the basics right. The image, of singer Tulisa, was taken from a raunchy video that appeared on
By Cleland Thom 08 November 16:14
Reporters who cover crime will find the new iPlod app useful.
By Cleland Thom 30 October 13:58
I blogged last year about an incident in Shropshire that raised some important questions for press photographers.
By Cleland Thom 19 September 13:41
There is a striking contrast in media reports of the judgement in the case of the woman who refused to remove her veil in court proceedings for religious reasons.
By Cleland Thom 10 September 16:10
The arrest of a man on suspicion of posting identity details about Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell’s alleged victim on Facebook is a clear warning to online publishers.
By Cleland Thom 03 September 15:06
The saying 'read the small print’ certainly applies to the new Defamation Act (which has been passed and is due to come into force within the coming weeks).
By Cleland Thom 27 August 16:49
New rules restricting reports of Employment Tribunals have been introduced.
By Cleland Thom 16 July 12:57
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) ruling against the News Shopper (Bexley and Kent) for revealing an alleged rape victim's address is a warning of the dangers of relying on information given by the police and other authorities.
By Cleland Thom 08 July 11:30
The Sun was ordered to improve its data protection procedures after its website was hacked in 2011.
By Cleland Thom 21 June 12:11
New guidelines on prosecutions involving Twitter and Facebook messages have been announced – and are not as strict as expected.
By Cleland Thom 31 May 14:29

A recent court case in America acts as a reminder to UK journalists about the importance of storing digital data.

By Cleland Thom 28 May 10:30
The Attorney General has warned the media about the contempt of court risks after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich next week.