Category Archives: Local government

Freedom of Information rights ‘will be left alone’

The government promised to make no changes to Freedom of Information law after a review found it was working well. Journalists mounted a campaign against feared restrictions; top universities and local government complained that it was too big a burden. Read more


Council ejects reporter ‘in public interest’

A reporter said he was ejected from a council’s licensing hearing because police said it would not be in the public interest for him to remain while video evidence was shown relating to a crime that was still under investigation. He argued it was in the public interest for him to remain. Read more

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