An online tool launched in June 2017 charts attacks on press freedom, across the European Union and associated countries. They include a cyber attack on an investigative website in Leicester, and a ban on local media attending Swindon Town Football Club press conferences. Find it here.
Parody and pastiche involve copying someone else’s creative work to some extent, which should breach copyright law. That in itself would infringe the human rights of the person making the parody. But as of 2014, English law allows an exemption for parody as long as certain tests are met, according to the website Keep Calm and Talk About Law. Read more
A reporter said he was ejected from a council’s licensing hearing because police said it would not be in the public interest for him to remain while video evidence was shown relating to a crime that was still under investigation. He argued it was in the public interest for him to remain. Read more
Publishers could have to pay costs for both sides in defamation cases even if they win, if Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 is enacted. Along with “no win, no fee” actions, this could have a severely chilling effect on the ability of regional publishers to defend actions, says the HoldTheFrontPage law column. It could be challenged on human rights grounds, it says. Read more
The European Convention on Human Rights has taken away many long-established media freedoms in Britain “without a moment’s debate in Parliament”, says Press Gazette’s Cleland Thom. He lists 13 examples here. A Bill of Rights, proposed by Conservatives, could give US-style protection for media freedom, he says.
A veteran Chinese journalist has been jailed for seven years for revealing an alleged communist plan to restrict Western-style press freedoms. Press Gazette says the sentence appears to confirm the story was correct. Read more
Editors, media organisations, a lawyer and a former police chief have supported Press Gazette’s Save Our Sources campaign, launched after the Metropolitan Police used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to search The Sun’s phone records in secret.
‘Police are trying to criminalise whistle-blowers’ – petition update
Met Police ‘does not keep records’ of secret searches
Newspaper Society calls RIPA snooping ‘attack on press freedom’
Former police chief backs Save Our Sources campaign
Boris Johnson questioned over secret phones search
Chartered Institue of Journalists backs anti-snoop campaign
QC says use of RIPA for search is breach of human rights
Sun and Guardian editors and NUJ chief back campaign
Hacking reporter Nick Davis says journalists should ask RIPA tribunal if police have spied on them