A judge refused to allow more than three reporters into a youth court hearing to avoid overwhelming a defendant accused of attacking a police officer. She later relented after key evidence had been heard. PA Legal Editor Mike Dodd said court rules did not limit the number of reporters who could attend youth courts – which are closed to the public. He said the judged place the defendant’s welfare above the principle of open justice.
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 review of changes to media law in 2014 has been published by HoldTheFrontPage. It addresses defamation and the uncertainty over the public interest test, as well as data protection. Read more
Newspapers said they would be unable to report hearings into the death of a child – and the involvement of care agencies – under restrictions sought by a council. A challenge succeeded (HoldTheFrontPage, August 2014). Read more
Kellie Maloney – formerly boxing promoter Frank Maloney – told how she took out injunctions to protect her privacy when undergoing transition, as newspapers pursued her family (Press Gazette, August 2014). Read more
In a 12-minute film, Professor Duncan Bloy summarises legal challenges for journalists and community media, including defamation, copyright, reporting sex offences, and privacy. Note that a legal right to film council meetings has been established since this film was made in April 2014. Watch here
New guidance on reporting restrictions issued in June 2014 set out to explain changes to court procedures for both the media and the judiciary. In future, the media must automatically be given the opportunity to challenge proposed reporting restrictions; and teachers are given automatic anonymity in case of complaints from pupils, until proceedings start.
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