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Restrictions are unravelled

Editors are to be briefed on new guidelines on court reporting restrictions. Details of the changes are also being sent to crown court judges so that both sides can fully understand and apply reporting restrictions. The move follows concerns raised

Naming names: breakthough with the police

Police guidelines on the release of information on accidents are to be changed. The move follows a meeting between the Society of Editors, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Data Protection Commissioner. New advice to police forces would

Rogues' gallery: keep up the pressure

Editors have been urged to continue their fight against the police’s refusal to release pictures of convicted criminals. The call came from Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, after Hartlepool Mail editor Harry Blackwell went into print

Evening Press editor takes on regional work

Liz Page, editor of the York Evening Press, has been given the Society of Editors portfolio of responsibility for the regions. The role was created after a promise was made about regional representation during merger talks between the Guild of

Appeal for information

Media relations with the police are to come under scrutiny next week as the Society of Editors meets with the Association of Chief Police Officers. Controversial new guidelines on the release of information about accidents have been introduced, which lets

Joy at breakthroughon council secrecy

Councils will have to meet in public when they make key decisions under the new Local Government Bill. The Government has accepted arguments put forward by the Campaign for Freedom of Information, supported by the Society of Editors, the Newspaper

Princely guidelines

Guidelines on the privacy of Prince William have been hailed by the Society of Editors as a common sense reminder of the way the Code of Practice works. The success of newspaper industry self-regulation was highlighted by Press Complaints Commission

Weeklies warned not to rest on their laurels

Weekly newspapers have been warned not to rest on the laurels of their current success. Chairing the Newspaper Society’s Weekly Conference, Columbus plc director Paul Gibson said weekly newspapers should question their success and always look for improvements by increasing

Police and editors to meet

The Society of Editors will meet the Association of Chief Police Officers next month to discuss controversial new guidelines on the release of information about victims of crimes and accidents. Also at the meeting – on July 19 – will

Conference coverage for trainees

Four trainee reporters from the Newsquest newspaper group were today providing live coverage on the Internet of their annual editors’ conference in Bradford. The event opened last night (Wednesday June 21). Today it was due to continue with a speech

Newsquest editors to discuss secrecy fears

Freedom of information will be a key theme at the Newsquest editors’ annual conference being held in Bradford this month. Key speakers on the subject will include Leader of the Opposition William Hague; Bob Satchwell, Director of the Society of

Echo keeps its readers in the picture

Deputy Editor of the Liverpool Echo, Tony Storey, has told readers: “Believe it or not, it’s quite rare to hear the cry – ‘Hold the front page’ in the Echo newsroom.” But he went on to explain that it was

Greater secrecy threat of Bill

Bob Satchwell, Director of the Society of Editors’ has written to a Government Minister to state the organisation’s continuing fears about the planned Local Government Bill. The Society met Hilary Armstrong, Minister for Local Government and the Regions, to discuss

Newsquest award entries to go before judges

Entries in this year’s Newsquest editorial awards will be judged tomorrow. The awards are in 10 categories – for daily newspaper of the year, weekly newspaper, free newspaper, reporter, feature writer, sports writer, photographer, newcomer, graphic artist and website. Judges

New survey of council secrecy

A nationwide survey of secrecy in local government has been launched by the Society of Editors. It aims to find out which councils are planning cabinet-style executive committees and which of them will meet in secret. The survey follows one

Changes to Freedom of Information Bill announced

The Home Office has announced that the power of the Information Commissionerwill be strengthened by amendments to the Freedom of Information Bill to betabled by the Government. This announcement follows pressure from many regional daily papers – including the Nottingham