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

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Public interest reporting ‘weakened by new laws’

Journalism will suffer because of a narrowing of the legal definition of public interest – a protection against tyranny and abuse of power – said Press Gazette’s law writer (July 2014). Read more

Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018. 

Media have exemption on using drink drive pics

Mugshots of drink drivers could be used under a journalistic exemption from data rules, advised Press Gazette’s law writer in July 2014; but one force had to be pushed to release them. Read more

Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018. 

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 more