Media Law

July 11, 2017

Comment: Why The Independent is on shaky ground ethically and legally by lifting court story from Wales Online

The Independent appears to have thrown caution and ethics to the wind by apparently lifting copy from another news organisation without payment or consent. Its […]
July 10, 2017

Independent declines to pay for court story 'lifted' from Wales Online telling freelance: 'There is no copyright in news'

The Independent has declined to pay a freelance journalist for a court report it “lifted” from Wales Online telling him “there is no copyright in […]
July 10, 2017

John Whittingdale: 'Sharks are circling' on press regulation, 'parliamentary arithmetic' against repeal of Section 40

Former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has warned that it is unlikely the current government will be able to fulfill its manifesto promise to repeal Section […]
July 5, 2017

Trinity Mirror regionals group editor Neil Benson takes over from Paul Dacre as chair of the Editors' Code committee

Neil Benson has replaced Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre as the new chairman of the Editor’s Code of Practice Committee, which sets and revises the […]
July 5, 2017

Reporters Without Borders: UK Government targeting of encryption after terror attacks is threat to journalism

Free speech campaign group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned that Government threats to crack down on encryption technology could make it harder for investigative […]
July 4, 2017

IPSO: Sun breached Editors' Code with reports which blamed British Council manager for 'vile' Prince George meme

The Sun breached the Editors’ Code with two inaccurate stories about Facebook comments posted by a British Council employee about Prince George. The tabloid has […]
July 4, 2017

Channel 4 under pressure to reveal sources of Dispatches probe into Ryanair through Irish court

Channel 4 and a production company have become embroiled in a court battle with low-cost airline Ryanair over their rights to protect confidential sources following […]
July 4, 2017

Regulator IPSO tells journalists: Check privacy settings before lifting material from social media

Press regulator IPSO has urged journalists to check social media users’ privacy settings before taking photographs and other material from social media. It says journalists […]
July 3, 2017

Terror legislation watchdog Max Hill QC calls for media to take 'greater care' in giving publicity to terrorists

Media reports on terrorist attacks and the accompanying images fuel the killers’ propaganda, Britain’s independent watchdog on terrorism has warned. Publishing images of dead terrorists […]
June 30, 2017

Council refusal to hold Grenfell fire meeting in front of press condemned by Number 10 and Society of Editors

Kensington and Chelsea Council has been roundly condemned for its decision first to ban press from a cabinet meeting discussing the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, […]
June 30, 2017

IPSO says Mail Online pictures of new David and Victoria Beckham home not a breach of privacy

Pictures of David and Victoria Beckham’s new UK home, which were published by Mail Online, did not breach the famous couple’s right to privacy under […]
June 30, 2017

New law allows any journalist to inspect council accounts – including Kensington and Chelsea's which are available now

A major restriction on the rights of journalists to hold Town Halls to account for the way taxpayers’ money is being scrapped from this week. […]
June 30, 2017

Trinity Mirror hacking scandal costs rise to £35.5m as it reveals 21 per cent drop in print advertising

Trinity Mirror has raised the estimated cost of dealing with phone-hacking claims  by £7.5m to £35.5m. It is facing more than 100 civil claims for […]