A Sun reporter told the Old Bailey “these are dark times for the British press” while defending himself against the allegation of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying a Sussex Police sergeant £500 for a story tip.
Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation Sir Alan Moses said subterfuge should only be used as a "last resort" as a means of discovering evidence which the newspaper already suspected existed.
Sunday Mirror editor in chief Lloyd Embley has said there was a “nailed on public interest” to its story yesterday revealing that a married Tory minister had exchanged lewd online messages with a journalist posing as a PR girl.
The group, which publishes the Herald, the Evening Times, the Sunday Herald and the Scottish Farmer, reports that pre-tax profits were at £9.2m in the year to 29 December, down from £12m the year before.
Earlier this year, a frightened public sector worker who had leaked a story to the press which was undoubtedly in the public interest called Press Gazette to ask if they were in danger of being arrested under Operation Elveden.
Local newspapers remain by the far most trusted and popular source of local news, according to a YouGov survey.
But Facebook appears to be growing in popularity as a source of local news.
The report, commissioned Havas PR UK (their infographic above), was based on a survey of more than 2,000 Britons and found that Facebook is by far the most popular social media platform – with 60 per cent...