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


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