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Trainee reporter prevents reporting ban

Proof that journalism training works. Kirsty Beever, six weeks into her first job at the Scarborough Evening Telegraph, had the confidence to stand up in court to dispute a prosecution request request for a restriction on reporting — and win.

The prosecution asked for a reporting ban on a speech in mitigation because it was derogatory. Beever, who had attended an National Council for the Training of Journalists course and taken the preliminary exams, quoted McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. She pointed out to the magistrates that if the mitigation had affected the sentence reporting could not be restricted.

The magistrates who had imposed a lesser sentence because of the mitigation agreed with her and allowed full reporting. (Via Hold the Front Page)

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