articles about uk and european media law and regulation including libel, privacy, copyright and contempt of court.

May 12, 2017

Wales weekly newspaper editor vows to appeal conviction for identifying sex offence victim in report and £1,500 fine

A newspaper editor who “skim read at best” an article containing information likely to identify a sex offence victim has been ordered to pay £3,650 […]
May 11, 2017

Wayne Rooney privacy complaint over Daily Mail coverage of seven-year-old son rejected by IPSO

Footballer Wayne Rooney has had a privacy complaint brought on behalf of his seven-year-old son rejected by the Independent Press Standards Organisation. Rooney complained about […]
May 11, 2017

Reporters barred from youth court as judge sets three-journalist limit

Two reporters were turned away from a youth court today after a judge limited the number of journalists allowed in so as not to “overwhelm” […]
May 11, 2017

Labour manifesto pledges Leveson Two, 'national review' into local press and support for BBC

The Labour Party’s leaked election manifesto confirms its pledge to “implement the recommendations” made in part one of the Leveson Inquiry into the press and […]
May 8, 2017

Warning that Espionage Act could see journalists jailed for receiving information available under FoI

Campaigners have warned that proposed reforms to the Official Secrets Act – dubbed the “Espionage Act” – would put it on a “collision course” with […]
May 5, 2017

Comment: Don't confuse Freedom of Information requests with investigative journalism

Something has been niggling away at me recently about the working practices of many, many of my friends in the trade press and on local […]
May 5, 2017

Lawyers for Sir Cliff want to know about police source who tipped off BBC about sex assault investigation

Sir Cliff Richard has said the BBC broadcast reports naming him as a suspected sex offender after information was “improperly” disclosed to a journalist. The […]
May 5, 2017

Journalistic exemption from the Data Protection Act under threat from EU law change

I have always regarded the Data Protection Act as the biggest threat to what’s left of the UK’s press freedom. The landscape would change significantly […]
May 4, 2017

Tory Parliamentary candidate Nadhim Zahawi wins £200k libel damages from Iran-backed Press TV

A Conservative candidate has won £200,000 libel damages over a claim that he helped to fund Islamic State (IS). Nadhim Zahawi, who was MP for […]
May 4, 2017

Top lawyer warns that decline of cour reporters means 'justice operates unseen and unheard by public'

British justice is not being seen to be done because press seats in courts are almost always empty, a senior barrister has suggested. Andrew Langdon […]
May 4, 2017

Lawyers for Buzzfeed in 'King of Bullshit News' libel case accuse Press Gazette of running 'utterly false story'

Lawyers acting for Buzzfeed in the US have accused Press Gazette of publishing on “utterly false” report about the media giant’s libel battle with Michael […]
May 2, 2017

MPs accuse social media giants of 'shameful' failure to halt online abuse and extremism

MPs have accused social media giants of a “shameful” failure to tackle online terrorist propaganda and hate speech. A hard-hitting report accused major firms of […]
April 28, 2017

Attention party manifesto writers: Four easy ways to get UK to the top of World Press Freedom Index

It is perhaps no coincidence that countries with the best record for press freedom are also the richest and most successful. On the Reporters Without […]