Hillsborough inquests ‘posed contempt risk’

Journalists were warned that their reporting might prejudice the inquests into the Hillsborough tragedy – not usually a problem with coroner’s courts, even though they are covered by the Contempt of Court Act 1981 (UK Press Gazette, March 2014). Read more

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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