29 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.
28 Jul 2014
The Government has rejected calls to tighten up youth crime reporting restrictions following the death of Leeds school teacher Ann Maguire.
25 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.
18 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.
20 Jun 2014
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.
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.
06 May 2014
The Sun’s decision to name the boy arrested for the murder of Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire was unusual, but not unique.
01 May 2014
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.
29 Apr 2014
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.
24 Mar 2014
Essex Police have unwittingly contributed to the ongoing debate about police posting a crime story direct to a newspaper’s website.