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 Sun escaped censure for a story on a police officer who advertised threesomes with his girlfriend while on paid sick leave. The officer claimed a reporter’s secret film breached his privacy but the Independent Press Standards Organisation agreed the story was justified. Read more in UK Press Gazette.
Media organisations had to make difficult ethical decisions about whether to publish potentially distressing images from the March 2017 attack on Parliament. Social media has changed the debate, with some members of the public not exercising restraint, says Press Gazette. 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
Twitter users reacted angrily to a Sun on Sunday story about the widow of murdered hostage Alan Henning having an affair – former Sun journalists among them. Media watcher Roy Greenslade loathed it but said it did not breach the Editors’ Code. Read more
The estranged wife of a paedophile should not have been mentioned in a Telegraph story about him, the PCC said in its final ruling. The paper did not make checks that would show they had separated (Press Gazette). Read more
The PCC rejected a complaint that the Guardian paid money to a criminal by hiring disgraced MP Chris Huhne as a columnist. In May 2014, the Readers’ Editor of paper said it should not have run his article complaining about his own conviction (Press Gazette, September 2014). Read more