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13 Jan 2015
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.
Victims of 'media abuse' may turn to the Data Protection Act now that it is harder to bring libel actions05 Jan 2015
The new Defamation Act makes it harder for individuals to sue media organisations. But editors shouldn’t be complacent.
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.
17 Dec 2014
The Information Commissioner has urged the media to be 'open and honest' with the public when they are using drones.
28 Nov 2014
EU privacy regulators are attempting to stop the media from circumventing people's 'right to be forgotten' requests.
26 Nov 2014
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.
Society of Editors backs Clegg's call for press' legal right to a public interest defence with laws like RIPA28 Oct 2014
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.
Journalists whose researched is hampered by the Google Spain Right to be forgotten ruling should be able to find delisted content via Google.com.
A change in copyright law could make media websites even more vulnerable to having their content ripped off.
Journalists should store contacts on their own computers if they want to keep them when they move jobs15 Oct 2014
A new warning by the Information Commissioner could affect journalists if they take their contact books with them when they leave their jobs.
Police must now explain why they went against Parliament's wishes in using RIPA to target journalists14 Oct 2014
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.
07 Oct 2014
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.
Be warned: the EU cookie monster in on the prowl this week.
Scottish prosecutors to withhold details of criminal charges before cases reach court because of Data Protection concerns13 Sep 2014
A new restriction on reporting Scottish courts went largely unnoticed, but will have a serious affect on crime reporting north of the border.
A report in Kent Online about the court appearance of a man charged with murdering a pensioner made me scratch my head.
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.