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Why police were wrong to warn public they could be committing a crime by watching American journalist beheading11 Sep 2014
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.
28 Aug 2014
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.
I blogged the other day about the way the police misuse terrorism legislation to target journalists, and the public.
Damage limitation from Mirror enough to stave off 'serious harm' for libel claimant in first test of Defamation Act20 Aug 2014
A judge has provided the first clues about the realities of the new Defamation Act’s ‘serious harm’ test.
15 Aug 2014
The independent reviewer of terrorism legislation’s concerns about free speech (Guardian) provide another example of how the law is being used to stifle journalism.
Plans to give lifelong anonymity to young people involved in court proceedings are to be introduced by the Government.
Never assume you can safely name a sexual offence victim - even if you believe the law is on your side29 Jul 2014
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.
Government rejects calls to tighten up youth crime reporting restrictions following death of school teacher Ann Maguire28 Jul 2014
The Government has rejected calls to tighten up youth crime reporting restrictions following the death of Leeds school teacher Ann Maguire.
The redefining of 'public interest' journalism has had a devastating effect on our free press - and it's going to get far worse25 Jul 2014
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.
Information Commissioner's journalism Data Protection guidelines suggest creep towards state-controlled media18 Jul 2014
It’s puzzled me for years why nobody has tried to weaken journalists’ rights under the Data Protection Act.
10 Jul 2014
Police are to investigate the alleged assault and intimidation of a journalist who was taking photos after a road accident in Scotland.
08 Jul 2014
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.
07 Jul 2014
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.
30 Jun 2014
Web editors know they should remove message boards from crime stories when proceedings are active.
Lancashire police have backed down on their plan to stop releasing photos of people who have been jailed for less than 12 months.
18 Jun 2014
A decision by Lancashire Police to stop releasing photos of people who have been jailed for less than 12 months is puzzling.
13 Jun 2014
The Commonwealth Games aren’t far away now. And this, of course, means journalists cannot mention them. At all.
05 Jun 2014
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.
04 Jun 2014
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.
As editors face more 'take-down' requests EU 'right to be forgotten' is at odds with US 'right to remember'27 May 2014
Journalists are already being affected by the fall-out from the European court’s decision on the ‘Right to be forgotten’ last week.