Two presenters at a community radio station encouraged discussion of election issues on polling day, the regulator Ofcom reports. It found a clear breach of the Ofcom code, which bans discussion of election issues while polling stations are open. Read its report (page 15).
Eamonn Holmes opened a TV report by saying, “Should pet shock collars be banned? We think so.” The following piece continued to present a one-sided picture, in breach of the requirement for impartiality, found Ofcom. Read its report here (page 6)
Publishing candid street photography may fall foul of the General Data Protection Regulation introduced in May 2018, a number of writers have speculated. Facial features and even the fact that someone was in a particular location are now classed as personal data. Consent may be needed for “processing data” in the form of images, and people should know their “data” is being collected: a problem for photographers whose work involves snapping unsuspecting people. The impact of the law will become clear over time. Read more
The GDPR briefing on this website includes advice that photographers should carry privacy notices saying how images will be used, and giving contact details. It suggests that “legitimate purpose” is the best legal justification to cite for their work. It also links to a blog that urges a pragmatic approach: is it realistic to get written consent to use images from everyone at a particular event? Would there be an expectation that a photographer would be at a particular kind of event – which would reduce the need to seek consent from those present?
Two newspapers were found to have breached the Editors’ Code of Practice after a headline wrongly said a mayor was “forced” to resign. The story was found to be accurate, but the papers said a sub-editor failed to read it properly before writing the headline. Read more
Sir Elton John and his partner were awarded substantial damages over a national newspaper report that said their dog attacked a child, causing serious images, and that they had not asked about her recovery. The story proved to be wrong. Read more
Former columnist Katie Hopkins was said to have entered into a voluntary arrangement – often used to avoid bankrupcy – after being ordered to pay heavy damages and legal costs over libellous tweets. She had refused an offer to settle the case with a £5,000 payment to charity. Read more