Your Noon Briefing: Defamation law, Cumins appointed editor of property guide, etc

BEGINS David Leask, in the Sunday Herald: “Scotland’s online news sites are under serious threat from the country’s unreformed defamation laws, freedom of speech campaigners have warned.”

Read more, here.

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STAYING with the Sunday Herald, pages three to five (splashed on the paper’s front page) are led by Paul Hutcheon, who has been at the forefront of investigating claims of spying on journalists’ sources, and which last week saw a report from the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office conclude there had been data breaches.

And yesterday’s Sunday Mail begins (here): “Police chiefs ordered a probe to find Sunday Mail sources instead of investigating our revelations of a forgotten suspect for the unsolved murder of Emma Caldwell.”

And in today’s Scotsman, Scott MacNab reports that the Scottish Government Justice Secretary is “being urged to come clean” on how much the government knew about the breaches – here – the same theme being reported by Leask on the front page of today’s Herald, here.

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Also in the Sunday Herald: a dispute over whether a producer of a BBC of a documentary series about Scottish football – broadcast during the 1980s – might be entitled to an origination fee in respect of a possible another documentary about the game.

Judith Duffy reports, here.

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TWO board members are being sought by Gaelic language media service, MG ALBA, as advertised here, on the media jobs board.

Please do mention the site when replying to vacancies you see being featured on it.

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BEGINS an announcement issued this morning: “The Glasgow Solicitors Property Centre has appointed Neil Cumins as editor of its fortnightly Property Guide. After 13 years as a property writer and architectural photographer with GSPC, Neil is presently overseeing a number of changes to one of Scotland’s leading property publications.

“The Property Guide has adopted a smaller magazine-style format, with revised page layouts and a greater focus on local features. It is available across west central Scotland, and is now being distributed in high-profile locations including train stations and shopping centres for the first time.”

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