The Law Commission will review the rules governing the media's reporting of suicide.
The Coroners Act 2006 currently restricts the information that can be made public about a self-inflicted death without the authorisation of the coroner. The Beehive's press release notes that "[m]edia reporting of suicides is a delicate subject, and there are strong views as to the benefits and risks it can carry... The Law Commission is well placed to engage both sides of the debate, consider whether the legal restrictions need clarification, and whether or not relaxing restrictions would be a positive step to helping prevent suicides". The role of social media in discussing suicides, and the difficulties in enforcing restrictions on social media, will also be included in the review. A report by the Law Commission is due by the end of March 2014.