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Watch out - ECHR rules that criticising the dead could undermine surviving family's Article 8 rights06 Feb 2014
Just when you thought it was safe to defame dead people, the European Court of Human Rights has issued a judgement that looks likely to make it more dangerous than ever.
09 Dec 2013
The convictions of two private investigators who ‘blagged’ people’s person details from organisations should ring alarm bells for journalists.
02 Dec 2013
I said in this blog last month that newspapers, magazines and websites can get into legal difficulties because of procedural errors rather than a lack of legal knowledge.
A reporter's experience covering a parish council meeting earlier this month exposed an apparent gap in government guidelines on live blogging.
We can learn one important lesson from the £42,500 damages award against TNT Multimedia after its publication of a photo that breached a court injunction: get the basics right. The image, of singer Tulisa, was taken from a raunchy video that appeared on nottulisa.com
08 Nov 2013
Reporters who cover crime will find the new iPlod app useful.
I blogged last year about an incident in Shropshire that raised some important questions for press photographers.
19 Sep 2013
There is a striking contrast in media reports of the judgement in the case of the woman who refused to remove her veil in court proceedings for religious reasons.
10 Sep 2013
The arrest of a man on suspicion of posting identity details about Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell’s alleged victim on Facebook is a clear warning to online publishers.
03 Sep 2013
The saying 'read the small print’ certainly applies to the new Defamation Act (which has been passed and is due to come into force within the coming weeks).
New rules restricting reports of Employment Tribunals have been introduced.
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) ruling against the News Shopper (Bexley and Kent) for revealing an alleged rape victim's address is a warning of the dangers of relying on information given by the police and other authorities.
08 Jul 2013
The Sun was ordered to improve its data protection procedures after its website was hacked in 2011.
Director of Public Prosecutions takes relaxed approach on prosecuting social media users over jokes and banter21 Jun 2013
New guidelines on prosecutions involving Twitter and Facebook messages have been announced – and are not as strict as expected.
Attorney General warns journalists against implying guilt of Woolwich terror suspects or revealing past wrongdoing28 May 2013
The Attorney General has warned the media about the contempt of court risks after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich next week.
02 May 2013
Sorry to interrupt the raucous celebrations about the new Defamation Act that are still going on in newsrooms across the country. But I need to sound a note of caution. I mean, that’s what law guys do, isn’t it?
The decision of whether to name someone who has been arrested is one that editors have to grapple with most days. I get more legal queries about this than anything else. The problem is libel.