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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.
EU court ruling means accurate stories already in public domain could be placed beyond the reach of search engines14 May 2014
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.
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.
14 Mar 2014
I saw a court report about a dodgy curry house on a magazine’s website.
11 Mar 2014
Journalists rarely have to worry about prejudicing inquests. Although the hearings are covered by the Contempt of Court Act 1981, it’s unusual for a report to create a substantial risk of serious prejudice … especially as coroners do not often sit with juries.