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
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.
Coleen Rooney will drink to ICO ruling that non-journalists carrying out journalism exempt under Data Protection ActBy 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.
Victims of 'media abuse' may turn to the Data Protection Act now that it is harder to bring libel actionsBy 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.
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.