The Kentish Express has won an important court victory for freedom of the press and its readers’ right to know. Jo Robertson, chief reporter of the Folkestone edition, stood up and addressed magistrates sitting at Folkestone youth court and asked
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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
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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