Ask the experts 1: David Banks on media law

David BanksI’m kicking-off a series of Q&As with leading lights in digital media – the interviews will be your chance to pick the large brains of key thinkers and doers.

First up is David Banks, media law expert and co-author of journalism legal bible McNae’s.

I’m looking for real-life examples to throw at him, plus any burning legal questions related to digital journalism. Everything from the legal rights and wrongs of post-moderating user comments to the dangers or otherwise of spent convictions cropping up on related links widgets are fair game.

Please email me with questions or comment on this post.


  1. Hi David, Lee;

    I’d be interested to know what you both see as the legal challenges facing these community-run hyperlocal news sites (such as and how you would advise they overcome these.

    What, for example, are the legalities of reporting police speech made at a Resident’s Association/Neighbourhood Watch meeting? Or are there differing technicalities to each?



  2. leehall

    Thanks Josh,

    Have also got some concerns concerning Youtube lifts, comments on Facebook fan pages, Pics take off Facebook, related stories throwing up spent convictions…

    keep them coming


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