YOUR 'DUTY TO KNOW'
you about to commit a criminal offence using that camera, notebook, voice recorder
out for yourself by booking our media law training workshop on:
Media & the Terrorism Act
Media & the Public Order Acts
LAW TRAINING WORKSHOPS
you know that as a journalist, editor or webmaster, you risk committing criminal
offences (punishable by imprisonment) under the terms of the Terrorism
You do so if you possess or
publish, or attempt to acquire, any written or spoken material that either 'glorifies'
terrorism, or causes others (directly or indirectly) to espouse terrorism, participate
in or promote terrorism for political or economic purposes.
And as a
journalist, editor or webmaster, you also commit criminal offences under the Terrorism
Act 2006 if you publish or broadcast any material that assists viewers, listeners
or readers to acquire such material, or if the court understands that your journalistic
work has the potential to so assist.
restrictions - which impact on journalists' abilities to research and explain
current domestic and world events - apply to any material published on the internet,
in books, magazines, newspapers, leaflets, posters, pamphlets or broadcasts.
and photographers also risk committing criminal offences under separate public
order legislation if they fail to comply with
police instructions prior to or during an incident.
This is an area of
concern with the arrival of uniformed Town Hall wardens (see above) in several
UK cities, who are acquiring police-style training and powers to challenge people
filming or taking photographs in the street, and to break up groups of people
gathering in public places.
Media professionals risk arrest if the police
decide that their presence or participation (either directly or indirectly) in
any lawful or illegal gathering is liable to either contribute to, provoke, or
interfere with their handling of, a public order incident.
officers, PCSOs and council wardens are not entitled to seize and erase audio
or video footage of news events, and journalists have legal rights to pursue claims
for damages if any such material is destroyed without a court order.
workshops provide broadcast, print, online, trade and academic media with key
guidance on complying with the legislation whilst carrying out effective newsgathering
at corporate and campus venues.