4 January 2013 - 2:12pm | posted by | 0 comments

National newspapers and broadcasters set to oppose changes to contempt law

Each of the major national newspaper groups are members of the MLAEach of the major national newspaper groups are members of the MLA

National newspapers and broadcasters are to come together to warn against changes to contempt laws which could give courts new powers surrounding potentially prejudicial material.

The Law Commission’s consultation paper on reforming contempt of court laws has worried the media industry with the Media Lawyers Association (MLA) expected to submit an official response regarding the proposals that could alter criminal reporting in the digital age.

If the proposals set out in the consultation by the Law Commission are approved crown court judges could order the removal of archive stories from websites which are seen to contain prejudicial information, even if they were published years ago.

It would also leave newspapers open to prosecution for contempt of court over material on their websites that was published long before a defendant was arrested or charged.

News International, Associated Newspapers, Guardian News & Media, the BBC, ITV and BskyB are all members of the MLA which represents newspapers and broadcasters. It is reported that some media groups may decide to make separate submissions to the consultation before its deadline on Thursday 28 February.

Don't miss out... Get your Media news by email

See all specialist newsletters

Be the first to comment on this article: sign in or register.

Latest Projects from the Profile Hub

Video your best #ThriftyFamily saving tip for a chance to win £100

02/09/2014
Saving money doesn’t have to be tedious – it can be fun too...

Case Study | RLH

01/09/2014
Chris Ross, MD of full-service B2B advertising agency RLH,...

Brand new logo design for The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

29/08/2014
The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH...

DrupalCon 2014

27/08/2014
We were selected by the Drupal Association through a...

New Forest National Park - Young David Attenborough discovers the Tech Creche

21/08/2014
Research conducted by the New Forest National Park...