The Sun escaped censure for a story on a police officer who advertised threesomes with his girlfriend while on paid sick leave. The officer claimed a reporter’s secret film breached his privacy but the Independent Press Standards Organisation agreed the story was justified. Read more in UK Press Gazette.
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.
Media organisations had to make difficult ethical decisions about whether to publish potentially distressing images from the March 2017 attack on Parliament. Social media has changed the debate, with some members of the public not exercising restraint, says Press Gazette. Read more
Several changes in the law – and the rights of the media – are reported in the new, 23rd edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists (2016). Students should check the opening section of the book itself for updates. Read more
Victims of sex abuse have anonymity for life, even if the abuse is not proved in court – unless they choose to go public. Very rarely, it does happen, but as The Argus newspaper says, it is delicate to negotiate and care must be taken to protect other people. Read more
Be aware: places where the public freely go may not be “public places” in every sense – if they’re privately owned, you may need consent to film. Shopping centre security staff are hot on this, though they’re unlikely to worry about people filming with a smartphone.
Advertisers on Facebook are able to identify gay users through their clicking history even where their sexual status is private and they have viewed only non-sexual content, researchers have found. They say it raises concerns over privacy. Read more