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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.
By Cleland Thom 10 July 13:17
Police are to investigate the alleged assault and intimidation of a journalist who was taking photos after a road accident in Scotland.
By Cleland Thom 08 July 15:41
The Bournemouth Echo’s decision to use huge mugshots of drink-drive offenders on their website has had some of their readers reaching for their law books.
By Cleland Thom 07 July 9:06
The Surrey Comet is one of several local newspapers to beat the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling by running a story about a request to Google to remove this article from search results.
By Cleland Thom 20 June 8:21
Lancashire police have backed down on their plan to stop releasing photos of people who have been jailed for less than 12 months.
By Cleland Thom 18 June 15:38
A decision by Lancashire Police to stop releasing photos of people who have been jailed for less than 12 months is puzzling.
By Cleland Thom 13 June 12:50
The Commonwealth Games aren’t far away now. And this, of course, means journalists cannot mention them. At all.
By Cleland Thom 05 June 12:54
Last week’s Press Complaints Commission ruling against the Brent and Kilburn Times appears to stray into new territory and poses some serious concerns for journalists.
By Cleland Thom 04 June 15:54
The simple advice to journalists who use Gmail to communicate with their contacts over sensitive stories is: Don’t. You cannot guarantee to keep their details confidential.
By Cleland Thom 27 May 11:49
Journalists are already being affected by the fall-out from the European court’s decision on the ‘Right to be forgotten’ last week.
By Cleland Thom 14 May 12:16

Journalists will find it harder to research stories following yesterday’s European Court ruling in Google’

By Cleland Thom 06 May 15:36
The Sun’s decision to name the boy arrested for the murder of Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire was unusual, but not unique.
By Cleland Thom 01 May 16:04
It’s been interesting to see how the national media have handled the issue of identifying the boy charged with the murder of Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire. Only the Sun named him. They followed the legal line I explained in this blog on Tuesday.
By Cleland Thom 29 April 16:27
The ongoing coverage of the stabbing of teacher Ann Maguire at her school in Leeds brings the current law regarding naming juvenile crime suspects into focus again.
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.