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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.

Discussion would have made duty clear, says MEN letter

The Manchester Evening News has been found guilty of contempt of court after writing about the killers of Jamie Bulger. Click here to read the full story. After publication the Attorney General wrote to the editor, Paul Horrocks, and invited

Communications breakdown caused lapse

The contempt of court by the Manchester Evening News came about after an “inexcusable breakdown in communication” between newspaper staff, according to its lawyers. In an article published on June 22 in the newspaper and on its website, it was

Evening Post banned from naming youth

A judge in Swansea has banned the South Wales Evening Post from naming a youth who injured a policeman. The ban was imposed by judge Christopher Morton even though the 17-year-old had been legitimately identified in a previous press report

Echo wins right to name teenage tearaway

The Lincolnshire Echo has won the right to name a teenage tearaway who was the first resident in Lincoln to get an anti-social behaviour order. Magistrates invoked the anti-social behaviour order after hearing how Paul David Fisher, (14), subjected dozens

Ins and outs of law explained

The Newspaper Society’s annual editorial law seminar will take place in London on November 23. It is aimed at editors, journalists, journalism trainers and legal advisers with sessions presented by leading media lawyers experienced in advising newspapers, magazines and broadcasters.

Court order "too vague"

A “vague” court order has been blamed for the conviction of two Sussex newspaper editors who appeared in court accused of contravening a Section 39 anonymity order. Two editors, Simon Bradshaw of The Argus and David Briffet, formerly of the

Chronicle "on solid ground" despite judge's Order

The Evening Chronicle’s acting editor has been summoned to court by a judge who claims the paper is in contempt of court. The judge labelled the Newcastle paper’s page one splash – 12-year-old mum’s sex case ordeal – the most

Tagged curfew girl to remain anonymous

A Midlands newspaper has been prevented from naming a 12-year-old girl who was electronically tagged by the courts and handed a strict curfew. The Derby Evening Telegraph failed to persuade magistrates to allow the naming of the girl responsible for

Sussex editors are cleared

Page 2 of 2 He said: “Section 39 comes from the basis that an editor has freedom topublish, apart from exceptions which the court can lay down. “If there is someone with their nose around the lace curtains every day

Court request thrown out

A court has backed the right of the press to report a Crown Court. Publication in the Gloucestershire papers came despite a bid by defence lawyers to ban publication, under the Contempt of Court Act, of a report of a

Legal minds apply themselves to editors' seminar

A day-long law seminar by Walter Greenwood and Stuart Patrick is to be hosted by the National Council for the Training of Journalists in November. The event is aimed at editors and newspaper executives and will cover libel, contempt of

Mail to launch legal moveon ID bid

Legal moves are being launched by the Hull Daily Mail to overturn a ban on identifying a youngster who has been made the subject of an anti-social behaviour order. Magistrates imposed the restriction because the youngster is also facing separate

Court reporters persuade the bench to change its mind

Three reporters in Exeter teamed up to persuade magistrates not to go into secret session to hear a case against a man arrested in connection with a major drugs inquiry. The defendant had been picked up by armed police in

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