Hi Alex, overall the article reported facts mentioned in court. And it is not the first article that mentioned my case. As the articles usually disappear behind a paywall, I am less worried about them. I am rather worried that the article was quoted verbatim in a public forum when my current colleagues, editors-in-chief, etc. can see them. (I work as a self-employed journalist.)
Usually editors-in-chief etc. google my name to find examples of my work. And when this article copied into the forum shows up, they most likely will not ask me to work with them. The judge said the deferred sentence is on the one hand a sign of approval that I already made first right steps, on the other hand it gives me a chance to "get my life together". This is difficult, however, if through this kind of forum entrances I cannot continue/go back to my work as usual.
Yes, I do understand that the journalists have the right to report. But as stated, my question pertained to a public forum, not a journalistic entity. The article was quoted in the forum, verbatim. Which rights to privacy do I have: can I ask the forum admin to anonymise the article, for instance?
Who is supposed to contact the court regarding preventing the reporting? Should I talk to a solicitor regarding this? And which area of law would this pertain to, media law?
Yes. Does the situation change once the six months-deferral is over and I have met all the expectations? Is this legally similar to "conviction spent" and allows me protect my privacy in a different way?