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News agency legal expert overturns court's anonymity bid

A court order which had banned the press from naming a woman and her husband who were believed to have fled to Pakistan after the murder of a faith healer who tricked the wife out of thousands of pounds was lifted after a challenge by the Press Association.
The order was made at Luton Crown Court by Judge John Bevan QC under section 4 (2) of the Contempt of Court Act. It tried to ban the media from naming three people mentioned in connection with the trial of five facing charges over the death.
Press Association media law specialist Mike Dodd wrote to the judge challenging the order on the grounds that the people who were covered by it were believed to have fled the country and because there were no other proceedings, pending or imminent – which could be prejudiced by publication of the information.

Almost all of newspaper publisher Archant’s print customers are also advertising digitally – with new ‘digital only’ recruitment advertising revenues also starting to take off.
The websites are only producing a small proportion of overall revenue but are growing rapidly and are “clearly valued” by the advertisers, according to Archant chief executive John Fry.

The World Association of Newspapers is asking newspapers worldwide to show their support for press freedom in China by publishing editorials, advertisements, political cartoons and other materials on World Press Freedom Day, on May 3.
WAN, which has dedicated its World Press Freedom Day initiative to “The Olympic Challenge: Free the Press in China!”, is making the materials available at

The National Union of Journalists has submitted its formal statutory application for recognition at the Cardiff-based Northcliffe operation, which includes the South Wales Evening Post and sister weeklies in Carmarthen and Llanelli.
The union is claiming that the recent campaign to build membership has provoked a flurry of activity from bosses, who were “suddenly” finding ways to address issues that staff have been raising for some time.

Real-time reporting is being highlighted as key to the Eastern Daily Press’s communication with its readers.
The homecoming parade of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment through the streets of Norwich was heavily promoted through the pages of the EDP. The threat of flooding across the East Anglian region – also in November – was another example of the increasingly important role of the web.
Editor Peter Franzen said: “The thing that drives most journalists is a desire to be first with the story.”