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Media law is ever changing and this index will strive to keep you abreast of developments in this complex and important area of journalism.

Our fortnightly column looking at the latest law issues, written by specialist media lawyers from Foot Anstey, also appears here.

June 25, 2007

Judge backs down after reporter's challenge

A Leicester Mercury reporter has successfully challenged a judge who threw him out of a nuisance neighbour court hearing. District Judge Richard Merriman told Mercury…

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June 25, 2007

Express & Star wins right to name killer kids

The Express & Star has successfully overturned a naming ban on two children who broke into a zoo and battered two wallabies to death. The…

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June 25, 2007

Reporter wins court fight to name persistent teen offender

Wakefield Express court reporter Charlie Bullough has cut through the red tape surrounding bolt-on anti-social behaviour order cases to win the right to name a…

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June 25, 2007

Advertiser wins right to name and shame problem teenager

The Leatherhead Advertiser has won the right to name a problem teenager who shot at a child with plastic bullets – despite police hoping to…

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June 25, 2007

Anonymity application is blocked by trainee

A trainee reporter successfully blocked an application for a court order banning the identification of a two-year-old assault victim. Sundeep Kumar, who joined the Worcester…

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June 25, 2007

Council's photo access rule is reversed

A district council has approved a regulation to block the press from taking photos in the council chamber without prior permission. Previously, journalists were not…

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June 25, 2007

Media law tutor puts theory into practice to overturn S39

A former regional press journalist who now teaches media law has put theory into practice after winning the right to overturn a section 39 order…

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June 25, 2007

Chronicle libel case is settled

A libel action launched against the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle, by the chairwoman and managing director of a care home company, has been settled. Mark…

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June 25, 2007

Schoolboys named after local paper steps in

Two schoolboys made the subject of an anti-social behaviour order have been named following the intervention of their local newspaper. The Newton and Golborne Guardian…

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June 25, 2007

Herald steps in to secure lifting of court restrictions

The Craven Herald secured the lifting of reporting restrictions on a teenager who was handed Skipton’s first anti-social behaviour order. The boy is now no…

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June 25, 2007

17-year-old named after paper intervenes

An identification ban on a 17-year-old, who was in court after a spree of violent and intimidating behaviour, was lifted at the request of the…

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June 25, 2007

Principle of open justice 'under attack' – editor

The South Wales Argus has again been hit by a “back door” bid to ban the identification of adult defendants accused of offences against children….

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June 25, 2007

Papers face legal action after naming murder suspect

The Press and Journal and Edinburgh Evening News are facing legal action after publishing the name of a 15-year-old charged with the murder of teenager…

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June 25, 2007

Reporter's argument on S39 order persuades the judge

Scarborough Evening News reporter Richard Harris has successfully argued that a court order should not be imposed in a case involving cruelty to a baby….

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June 25, 2007

What journalists should know about data protection

Journalists are being invited to attend a seminar to learn more about how the Data Protection Act relates to their job. Hosted by Rowe Cohen…

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June 25, 2007

Soham father named 'in interests of open justice'

Confusion over a Soham father who assaulted his baby girl was averted when Ely Standard reporter Elaine King successfully applied in court to have the…

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