Category Archives: Privilege

Video: key legal issues for the media

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


Care needed as convictions become ‘spent’ sooner

The period in which criminal convictions could be reported was drastically shorted in a change to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in March 2014, said HoldTheFrontPage. Journalists might have a public interest defence for reporting “spent” convictions. But in an anomaly, the “truth defence” against a defamation claim might not apply. Read moreĀ