Social media users risked serious trouble if they breached reporting restrictions in the case of the boy accused of murdering a teacher, a judge warned (UK Press Gazette, April 2014). Read more
Legal reforms enabling courts to order the removal of online archive material would be a step too far, argued HoldTheFrontPage’s legal column in April 2014. It says media already avoid linking to archive stories relating to live court cases, and it is illegal for jurors to search for them. Read more on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill here.
A police quote on a press release about drug arrests was prejudicial and could have put a news organisation in contempt of court, warned UK Press Gazette columnist Cleland Thom (March 2014). Read more
A court order under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 could not stop a child being named on Facebook because the act did not apply to the internet, a court ruled. Read more here, but note the last paragraph saying the Ministry of Justice was reviewing the situation (UK Press Gazette, January 2014)
January 2014: UK Press Gazette sets out six key points for journalists in understanding the 2013 Defamation Act, including the new public interest defence, privilege, and web stories. Read more
From UK Press Gazette, December 2013: The Sunday Times legitimately reported a corruption investigation into a police officer, but failed to remove its online story after he was cleared. Read more