New: IPSO – The Independent Press Standards Organisation

November 2019 IPSO is the regulator which adjudicates on the Editors’ Code of Practice. Most national and regional newspapers groups as well as the UK magazine industry have signed up to IPSO. It has a complaints panel to adjudicate on possible breaches of the Code. The code committee oversees and updates the Code of Practice […]

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Guide: Reporting restrictions for criminal courts

Reviewed November 2019 NUJ members who cover criminal court proceedings, whether in person or not, need to be aware of the latest guidance for the media, and for judges, to minimise  the likelihood of being in contempt of court, facing defamation claims or disciplinary proceedings at work. These guidelines apply to written articles, broadcasting, photography […]

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10 things you might not know about … COPYRIGHT

Reviewed November 2019 1. Copyright in Photographs before and after 1989 Copyright in photographs is normally owned by the photographer nowadays, but if the photo was taken prior to 1989, when the law was changed, it is owned by whoever commissioned the picture. This is worth bearing in mind if you are planning to use […]

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Sexual offences and anonymity for victims

Latest update: November 2019 In the UK victims of sexual offences are given anonymity as soon as they report a sexual offence. That report can be to any third party – a bystander, a friend or colleague. Therefore, it is not necessary for the matter to have been reported to the police for anonymity to […]

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Privacy

Latest update: November 2019 People who live in European countries signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights have, among others, a right to privacy. This means that a numbers of aspects of their lives are not to be revealed unless it can be shown it is in the public interest to do so. […]

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Official Secrets and Whistleblowers

Reviewed November 2019 RECEIVING leaked information from an inside source can be very tempting for a publisher in search of an exclusive story. Caution must be exercised both with the information and the source. Whistleblowers, if they are an employee, are breaching their duty of confidentiality to their employer. You as a publisher are also […]

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Restrictions of the Magistrates Court Act 1980 (includes new regulations)

Reviewed November 2019 Legal restrictions are in place in cases that appear in magistrates court, but will be tried at a later date in front of a jury at Crown Court. The restrictions on these reports used to be the so-called ’10 points’ of Section 8 of the Magistrates Court Act 1980, which governed reports […]

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Ethical codes

Reviewed October 2016 Although internet publication internationally has few ethical codes binding it, in many countries web publication linked to publishing companies will be expected to adhere to basic ethical principles. In the UK, newspaper websites are expected to comply with the requirements of the Editors’ Code, which is administered by the Independent Press Standards […]

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Defamation

Reviewed November 2019 DEFAMATION is the law that protects the reputation of individuals and corporations. It comes in two forms – libel, which is permanent so covers print, broadcast and online publication – and slander which is spoken word. Most of the time as journalists we are concerned with permanent publication, in print or online, […]

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Copyright

Latest update: November 2019 Copyright is one of the laws that protects intellectual property. You need to know how much of other people’s words or photography you can use. What is protected? Literary, dramatic, artistic, musical works, sound recordings, photographs, film, broadcast or typographical arrangement (layouts) Copyright does not have to be registered – so […]

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