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.
By Cleland Thom 17 June 16:56
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.
By Cleland Thom 11 June 17:31
Libel is an unpredictable area. And that's certainly the case with the new Defamation Act 2013.
By 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.
By Cleland Thom 14 May 17:20
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.
By 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.
Coverage of Cleland Thom's election law ebook
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.
By Cleland Thom 17 March 12:24
New government figures confirm the recent trend that privacy junctions are becoming a thing of the past
By Cleland Thom 12 March 11:38
There's a saying that one man's tragedy is another man's treasure
By Cleland Thom 10 March 12:25
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.
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.

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