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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

Press & Journal cleared over naming of 15-year-old

The Press and Journal in Aberdeen has been cleared of breaking the law by naming a 15-year-old boy accused of murder. On April 15 last…

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June 25, 2007

Mail wins battle to name careless driving cop

The Birmingham Evening Mail has persuaded a judge that naming a policeman involved in a road accident would not compromise his safety as a witness…

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June 25, 2007

Law conference to examine freedom of information

The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC will give the keynote speech on Freedom of Information at the Law for Journalists conference tomorrow. The…

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June 25, 2007

With rights come responsibilities

Journalists have been asked to remember their responsibilities as the new Freedom of Information Act is brought in. Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer told a law…

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June 25, 2007

Freedom gives press a 'constitutional' role

The Deputy Chief Justice, Lord Justice Judge, has reminded journalists of the public service they provide. At the Newspaper Society/Press Gazette Law for Journalists conference,…

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June 25, 2007

Local press to provide forum for debate under FOI

Journalists on local newspapers will find that the rules behind releasing Freedom of Information data will help them to do their job, according to regional…

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June 25, 2007

'Substantial' damages paid after regional press libel

A regional newspaper has agreed to pay a top racehorse trainer undisclosed libel damages following a story about the sale of an animal. Paul D’Arcy…

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June 25, 2007

Public bodies 'not ready' for Freedom of Information

Some public bodies are unlikely to be ready for all the demands of the new Freedom of Information Act when it becomes law in the…

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June 25, 2007

CPS revises ban on handing evidence to press

Prosecution evidence material from court trials could be released to the press after all, following a partial climbdown by the Crown Prosecution Service on a…

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June 25, 2007

Scots papers to face trial after denying naming charges

The Edinburgh Evening News and the Press and Journal in Aberdeen look set to face trial after denying criminal charges relating to the alleged identification…

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June 25, 2007

Lords ruling gives green light for Echo exposé

The Liverpool Echo has won the right to reveal details of a nightclub company’s “major tax fraud”, after winning a landmark legal battle in the…

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June 25, 2007

Dog attack child identified as paper wins court re-think

The Basingstoke Gazette has successfully persuaded a crown court judge to lift a restriction banning the identification of an eight-year-old who had been attacked by…

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June 25, 2007

CPS imposes ban on handing over evidence to journalists

The Crown Prosecution Service has slapped a ban on prosecutors and police from giving the press and media material used in evidence at trials. Contacts…

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June 25, 2007

Landmark law ruling backs Romford Recorder

The role of the regional press was key to a decision by law lords to lift reporting restrictions in a murder case later this month….

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June 25, 2007

Coroner's support for reporter asked to leave inquest

Reporter Karl Grafton had an uncomfortable encounter when an irate man tried to get him to leave an inquest he was covering. The Exmouth Journal…

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June 25, 2007

Top speakers announced for journalism law conference

A line-up of top speakers has been announced for the annual Law for Journalists conference which is to be held in London on November 26….

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