Criminal law

By Rushabh Haria and William Turvill 28 July 15:15
Four years after the launch of Operation Elveden, the number of public officials convicted of misconduct in public office stands at 26. A further seven out of the original 80 who were arrested are still awaiting trial, while four have been acquitted. Their sentences range from between 13 weeks to two years, and total more than 20 years. In contrast, the number of journalists convicted as a result of the operation stands at two. Former Mirror and News of the World journalist Dan Evans pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. And Sun reporter Anthony France was found guilty of aiding and abetting misconduct in public office after his police source was paid more than £22,000 for stories.
By Dominic Ponsford 28 July 15:05
The shameful way News UK, and more recently Trinity Mirror, have thrown sources to the wolves as a result of Operation Elveden casts a shadow over the reputation of British journalism.
By PA Mediapoint 22 July 17:02
Former Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson (pictured, Reuters) has been ordered to pay £150,000 towards the costs of the marathon hacking trial.
By PA Media Lawyer 22 July 16:26
Solicitor Lawrence Abramson, the man hired by News International - now News UK - to look through emails for evidence that staff knew about phone-hacking has been fined £20,000 for unprofessional behaviour.
By William Turvill 22 July 9:55
A judge has granted the Metropolitan Police access to a journalist's phone records without their knowledge since the Save Our Sources stop-gap law was passed, a court heard today.
By PA Mediapoint 21 July 12:45
Police and prosecutors were wrong to treat an investigative journalist who exposed a drug-taking doctor as a suspect and interview him under caution, the Crown prosecution Service has said.
By William Turvill 21 July 7:44
The Met Police made a series of errors in secret applications to view the phone records of Sun journalists and showed a complete failure to consider issues around the confidentiality of sources, a court heard.
By William Turvill and Press Association 20 July 15:34
Journalists have launched a court fight after complaining about the way police identified ''confidential'' sources.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 July 11:27
Freelance photographer Nick Stern has withdrawn permission for The Sun to use his images as a protest against the treatment of reporter Anthony France.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 July 8:32
A crowdfunding appeal yesterday took just a few hours to raise more than £3,000 in legal fees for convicted Sun reporter Anthony France.
By William Turvill 16 July 13:20
Two police forces have wrongly accessed phone records to find journalistic sources without judicial approval since the law was changed to prevent this.
By Cleland Thom 16 July 13:08
New legislation that makes posting revenge porn a criminal offence may cause an ethical dilemma for editors.
By Dominic Ponsford 16 July 11:48
An Old Bailey judge today expressed “considerable disappointment” that News UK has refused to pay the prosecution costs for Sun reporter Anthony France.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 15 July 14:17
A senior journalist at the Daily Mirror was today arrested on suspicion of phone-hacking.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 July 10:38
News UK is set to return to the Old Bailey tomorrow to explain why it has refused to pay the prosecution costs from the trial of Sun reporter Anthony France.
By Dominic Ponsford 14 July 16:52
The BBC’s standard contributor forms assure sources that they will not “stand alone” if they are sued for libel over comments made to reporters.
By William Turvill 14 July 10:33
The Argus in Brighton said that between 2 and 15 March this year the force did not disclose information on reported crimes including rapes, robberies, kidnappings, possession of firearms or other weapons, drugs trafficking and threats to kill.
By Dominic Ponsford 13 July 11:37
Former director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer has called for a new law to protect journalists from being prosecuted if they are acting in the public interest.
By William Turvill 13 July 9:12
The Mail on Sunday has accused a police force of subjecting its reporter to "humiliation and intimidation" after he was questioned under suspicion of criminal voyeurism.
By PA Mediapoint 08 July 8:38
A former News of the World royal reporter who was found guilty of getting scoops from one of Prince Harry's comrades has formally had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal.

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