New advice on reporting deaths was issued by the Independent Press Standards Organisation in November 2017, in response to tragedies and rising requests for guidance from journalists. It covers inquests, funerals; writing obituaries; and breaking the news of a death. Read a press release here and see the guidance here.
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
Bribery, misconduct in public office, access to court material and changes in the law affecting the media are covered in the new, 22nd edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. The new areas of law include access to court material, coroners’ rules, reporting restrictions in the magistrates’ courts, and the Defamation Act 2013 (UK Press Gazette, June 2014). Read more
Co-author Mike Dodd wrote that journalists were at increasing risk of being prosecuted, rather than merely sued, because of new laws such as the Bribery Act and others prompted by new technology (HoldTheFrontPage). Read more
Guidance would be issued to coroners after a paper complained that it was not allowed to name a dead man in a report of his inquest (HoldTheFrontPage, May 2014). Read more
Journalists were warned that their reporting might prejudice the inquests into the Hillsborough tragedy – not usually a problem with coroner’s courts, even though they are covered by the Contempt of Court Act 1981 (UK Press Gazette, March 2014). Read more