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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 Google.com.
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.

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