Parents and even editors are afraid to talk about what goes on in the family courts, a freelance journalist declared at a debate on privacy versus accountability in this sensitive area. “A sense of fear pervades the system,” said Louise Tickle. Democracy suffered, the audience was told. Read more from The Transparency Project here.
The Mail Online agreed to take down a video showing a bullying attack on a schoolgirl after the mother of one of the alleged bullies said it breached her daughter’s right to privacy. The Editor’s Code section on photographing children was also considered. The decision avoided the need for an IPSO ruling. Read more.
The 23rd edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists reflects the fast-moving legal and regulatory landscape for the media, say its authors in a blog post. Juvenile anonymity in court cases, privacy and human trafficking are all areas with key changes that journalists must know about, they say – as well as journalists’ own rights. Read more
The Lancashire Evening Post successfully challenged an attempt to prevent teenage twin girls from being named in print after a reign of racist behaviour on their housing estate. The girls were subject to a court order rather than being prosecuted for a crime, meaning they did not have automatic anonymity. Read more on HoldTheFrontPage, here.
A 14-year-old boy didn’t have a right to privacy when he was photographed apparently rioting, Supreme Court judges decided – though not unanimously. All agreed police were justified in releasing the image in order to identify him, though. Read more
Saying someone is gay is unlikely to be libellous these days, but it could be a breach of privacy under the Editor’s Code – especially if it’s not true, as one Sunday paper found. The fact that a priest told a journalist he refuted the claims did not necessarily mean he was willing to have his denial made public, Ipso found. Read more
A Family Court judge praised the media for responsible reporting that helped reunite a small child with her father after her mother went on the run with her. Read more