Kevin Steele

is a freelance media law trainer

Blog posts in total 8

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  1. Whether comments on social networking sites and content posted by bloggers should be subject to the full force of the criminal law is still under debate.

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  2. "Formula 1 boss Max Mosley has won his case for breach of privacy against The News of the World." That was how the BBC News website reported Max Mosley's court victory relating to the publication of photos of him with prostitutes. The date: 24 July 2008. Roll forward three and-a-bit years an...

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  3. The High Court has ruled that the Sun and the Daily Mirror were in contempt of court in the way they reported the arrest of the retired schoolteacher Chris Jefferies in connection with the death of Joanna Yeates in Bristol last Christmas. Both newspapers have been fined five-figure sums. Mr Je...

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  4. If you are a working journalist and make a habit of keeping an eye on what that day's newspapers are doing by visiting their websites (and who doesn't?), you may be falling foul of copyright laws. This week the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier High Court judgment in a case involving an online...

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  5. What happens when you, as a journalist, are covering a foreign story and need to make arrangements to gain access to a local official/politician/location or similar? In many parts of the world it is normal practice to engage a local 'fixer', someone familiar with the local environment or admi...

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  6. When the jury in the Milly Dowler case filed into court to return its guilty verdict, media outlets had their fingers poised over the 'Go' button on their background pieces. However, it would appear some of them pressed that button too soon. Backgrounders typically comprise material such as...

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  7. The flurry of e-excitement that followed the weekend posting on Twitter of the names and deeds of celebs supposedly at the centre of recent super-injunctions has raised a number of uncomfortable legal questions. Leaving aside the inaccuracies contained in much of the material posted, it's appa...

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  8. Once upon a time there was McNae's Essential Law for Journalists, designed to be the standard (and for many years, the only) textbook for aspiring journalists studying for the NCTJ law exam. More recently, the expansion in the number and variety of journalism courses has prompted a similar...

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