Concerns were raised about efforts in Europe and the UK to tackle online hate and harassment, including by making social media platforms more transparent. As US writer Mathew Ingram reported in the Columbia Journalism Review, there was a risk of inhibiting free speech. Note that US law gives greater latitude on free speech, which is protected in the Constitution.
The Sun was censured by the Press Complaints Commission for making a fourth visit to a victim of sex attacker Max Clifford; but earlier visits did not breach the Editors’ Code (Press Gazette, August 2014). Read more
Ordinary families have suffered from media intrusion, said Milly Dowler’s sister in the wake of the phone hacking trial. She pressed for strong media regulation (Press Gazette, June 2014). Read more
A harassment complaint was upheld against a newspaper over “venomous” comments by its news editor – even though they were made on Facebook (UK Press Gazette, May 2014). Read more
Law writer Cleland Thom said the case was a worrying foray beyond the Press Complaints Commission’s proper remit. Read more
The Press Complaints Commission upheld a harassment complaint after two men doorstepped the subject of a story, filmed him against his wishes, and refused to leave when asked. One refused to identify himself. A privacy claim was not upheld because the filming was on a road (UK Press Gazette, May 2014). Read more
A judge refused to impose a harassment injunction against an Irish paper, saying its reports dealt with “legitimate information about serious criminal activity” (UK Press Gazette, April 2014). Read more