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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.

Libel dispute is settled

A libel action against the Press and Journal in Aberdeen has been settled out of court. Scottish company Quantum Claims Compensation Specialists, and director Frank Lefevre, had raised a £75,000 action against the paper at the Court of Session in

Crown court turnaround after reporter's protest

A reporter on the weekly West Cumberland Times & Star in Workington successfully challenged a section 39 order to allow publication of the name of a teenager involved in an animal torture case which made national news. It was a

Post succeeds in bid to name boy who murdered at 16

The identity of a Bristol teenager, who faces at least 11 years in jail after being found guilty of murder, has been made public after the Evening Post persuaded a judge to remove his anonymity. The Bristol Evening Post successfully

Telegraph wins bid to name teenage tearaway

The Grimsby Telegraph has won the right to name a teenager who has been made the subject of Grimsby’s first full anti-social behaviour order. Following a plea from Telegraph deputy editor Nigel Lowther, magistrates at Grimsby Youth Court agreed to

Chronicle scores legal victory in abduction case

The Bath Chronicle has scored a legal victory, winning the right to name a school at the centre of an abduction case. The paper had been following the case of a teacher who has been sentenced to five months in

Youths named after paper's challenge

Two 15-year-old boys have been named by the Bolton Evening News after a Crown Court judge heard from one of its reporters. The boys, who had committed three street robberies including one where another boy was threatened with a screwdriver,

Media ban on defendant's ID overturned

A reporter who stood up in court to challenge a media ban on naming the defendant has won the right to publish. Carl Walker questioned Jersey magistrates about their decision to place a blanket ban on identifying a woman who

Chronicle wins right to name mother in home alone case

The Oldham Evening Chronicle has won the right to name a woman who left her three-year-old daughter home alone, after it persuaded a judge to overturn a section 39 order. The newspaper argued that because of the serious nature of

Newspaper ready to publish after beating Govt gag

The Western Morning News has won its secrecy battle with the Government over making public a report into repairs to a leaky tunnel at the gateway to Cornwall. The row blew up when a local MP found that a Highways

Reporter's S39 success on truancy case

A reporter from the Bucks Free Press has successfully challenged an application for a section 39 order that would have made reporting of a case of a mother who had failed to send her daughter to school impossible. Solicitors at

Britain's top judge warns on court reporting

The Lord Chief Justice has warned journalists that mis-reporting events in the courts can damage public confidence in the criminal justice system. Lord Woolf said he sympathised with the journalists’ balancing act between reporting what they felt the public wanted

Bid to hide thug's identity dropped

Solicitors acting for a 17-year-old boy abandoned their battle to make his identity secret, when the judge revealed that he agreed with the North West Evening Mail – that the youth should be named. The teenager, Daniel Green, of Hartington

Chronicle wins right to name rapist

The Evening Chronicle in Newcastle has won the right to name a 15-year-old boy who has been jailed for life for raping a middle-aged woman. Court reporter Garry Willey successfully appealed for a Section 39 order not to be imposed

The News hails a "victory for press freedom"

Havant Borough Council has failed in an attempt to block The News from publishing the pictures of three town hall staff who were made redundant. After the Portsmouth newspaper printed photographs of the three axed council directors, whose departures could

Law exam shake-up will better equip journalists

A shake-up of preliminary law exams for students under the National Council for the Training of Journalists will come into effect from September, with a more demanding set of papers. The changes will be discussed at a law seminar, with

Legal challenge could see "libellous" report go public

The Western Morning News has issued a legal challenge to the Government over its attempt to “cover up” a secret report. Transport Minister David Jamieson has refused to publish a document commissioned by the Highways Agency about the Saltash Tunnel