710, 2016

A law that confuses experienced journalists

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Journalism, Law|0 Comments

Journalists sometimes phone me and say: “I’m covering a crown court trial, and they’ve just mentioned the bloke’s previous convictions! How can that be right?” I always commend them for checking. Anyone studying law will be [...]

3009, 2016

YouTube video raised important legal issues

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Law|0 Comments

A colleague spotted a YouTube video showing an eight-year-old boy giving evidence to the police about alleged paedophile activity. It was the actual video taken at the police station in London. The video was displayed here but [...]

2309, 2016

Why those pre-trial TV images are usually safe from contempt

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Journalism, Law|1 Comment

Someone asked me the other day: “When the BBC or Sky show footage of people who have been charged, on their way to court, could that be contempt of court?” It's unlikely, as shots like [...]

709, 2016

Did government website breach sexual offences law?

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Law|0 Comments

My recent posts on reporting sexual offences inevitably provoked a lot of questions. This wasn’t surprising, as it’s a complex area. One student asked me about this story in the Croydon Advertiser about a teacher who was [...]

509, 2016

How media law students can attend court cases

By | September 5th, 2016|Categories: Law|0 Comments

Many journalism course students cover courts as part of their media law syllabus, and they sometimes find access a problem because of over-zealous court staff. In fact, both the press and the public attend most courts [...]

2508, 2016

How ‘report and remove’ works with Facebook

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Law|0 Comments

People on media law courses will know about the ‘report-and-remove’ process that protects websites from defamation actions resulting from user generated content. Online law for journalists covers the issue in detail. The EU’s E-Commerce Directive says [...]

1608, 2016

More advice reporting sexual offences safely

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: Journalism, Law|0 Comments

This continues my series on how journalists can apply sexual offences laws and regulatory requirements safely and responsibly. Not all journalists realise that there are ethical guidelines on reporting the addresses of convicted sex offenders. [...]