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.
Victims of crimes under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 now have the same right to lifelong anonymity as victims of alleged sex offences. This includes victims of alleged human trafficking crimes including child porn, illegal organ donation, forced prostitution, forced labour and domestic servitude, says the HoldTheFrontPage law column. Read more
A European Centre for Press and Media Freedom has been established in Leipzig under the EU, to “organise solidarity with threatened journalists across Europe, thus promoting media freedom as a constitutive element for open and democratic societies.” It follows a succession of projects to promote media plurality (meaning, more than one media voice). Read more here
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
Journalists might have their access to court papers limited in advance of hearings because of “irresponsible” reporting, a judge warned. Note: Scotland has distinct laws (HoldTheFrontPage, August 2014). Read more
The European court ruling requiring search engines to remove stories in some cases has been called ‘unforgivable censorship’ by the Wikipedia Foundation. Not all search engines give notice, it said (Press Gazette, August 2014). Read more
The European “right to be forgotten” ruling, requiring Google and others to delete stories from searches, was wrong in principle, said a Lords committee (Press Gazette, July 2014). Read more