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How to restrain an investigation

Ask for media queries to be submitted under the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations. This gives you longer to process them.

Release spoilers about stories that you are dealing with under the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations – ie, once you have researched the information, release it to other media.

  • React to harassment of staff / clients under the PCC / Ofcom code.
  • Ask the journalist / organisation to desist – in writing.
  • Ask the PCC / Ofcom to intervene on your behalf.
  • React to intrusion into grief / shock under the PCC / Ofcom code.
  • Ask them to desist – in writing.
  • Ask the PCC / Ofcom to intervene on your behalf.
  • Warn the media about trespass if reporters / photographers are on your premises without permission.
  • Warn the media about privacy rights if staff / clients have their photos taken without consent. Ask the media to justify the public interest.
  • Warn the media about breach of copyright / Data Protection Act / trademark law if your pix are being used from your website or publications.
  • Warn the media that staff cannot be approached as they may be witnesses in a trial.
  • Warn the media that a story could be the subject of legal proceedings / inquiry.
  • Issue an advisory notice regarding any of the above.
  • Cleland Thom delivers media law training and consultancy to a number of corporations and public authorities, including GPSJ, United Utilities, World Trade Group, Herts County Council, London Borough of Brent and Three Rivers District Council.

    See:
    workshops.ctjt.biz/workshop/media_law_consultancy.html

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