Criminal law

By Dominic Ponsford 15 September 15:43
The Chartered Institute of Journalists has urged the Met Police to justify its decision to obtain the phone records of The Sun and its political editor and to reveal how many other times it has used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to spy on journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 September 13:40
The Bureau of Investigation has asked the European Court of Human Rights to stop the UK Government from spying on journalists and their sources. The legal challenge to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 was prompted by Edward Snowden’s revelations over state mass electronic surveillance. But curbs on RIPA could also stop UK public authorities using it to secretly obtain the phone records of journalists to identify sources, as highlighted by Press Gazette’s Save Our Sources campaign.
By PA Mediapoint 15 September 10:12
A prison officer has pleaded not guilty to committing misconduct in a public office by selling stories to two national newspapers about the top security HMP Belmarsh.
By William Turvill 14 September 10:12
The editors of The Sun and The Guardian and the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists are among those backing the Save Our Sources campaign to stop police secretly monitoring the phone-calls of journalists.
By PA Media Lawyer 12 September 11:22
Mahmood, known as "the fake sheikh", who is currently suspended from The Sun, came under scrutiny earlier this year with the collapse of the trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos for alleged involvement in a drug deal.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 September 10:54
The reporter who exposed the hacking scandal has said journalists should ask the Investigatory Powers Tribunal if police have spied on them. Author of Hack Attack, Nick Davies, said he aimed to contact the Tribunal after being contacted by Press Gazette as part of the Save Our Sources campaign. Davies wrote a number of critical stories about the Met Police as part of his long investigation into hacking at the News of the World.
By PA Mediapoint 12 September 8:37
The journalist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before a judge at the Old Bailey alongside Trust worker Alan Hagan, 47.
By Press Gazette 11 September 15:38
Without whistleblowers there is no investigative journalism.
By Cleland Thom 11 September 10:26
The Metropolitan Police were wrong to warn people who watched the video of the beheading of an American journalist that they could be committing a crime.
By William Turvill 11 September 8:56
The PCC, which has this week ceased to exist, investigated after a member of the public claimed the paper had breached clause 16 (payments to criminals) of the Editors' Code of Practice.
By Dominic Ponsford 08 September 9:41
The media backlash following news that the police spied on The Sun to track down three officers who leaked information about the Plebgate affair has continued to grow.
By Dominic Ponsford 04 September 10:02
Campaign group Liberty joined the chorus condemnation over police spying on journalists’ phone records as more evidence emerged of "intrusive surveillance" by UK law enforcement against journalists.
By William Turvill 04 September 8:21
The film star, who has previously directed movies including this year's Monuments Men, will bring journalist Nick Davies' book Hack Attack to the big screen, with shooting scheduled to begin next year.
By Dominic Ponsford 03 September 10:11
The Met Police has confirmed that it obtained journalists’ telecoms records under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act without recourse to a judge.
By Dominic Ponsford 02 September 16:40
Sun publisher News UK is to ask a Government watchdog how many times police have spied on journalists’ phone records and what guidance he intends to give.
By William Turvill 28 August 8:22
A former soldier who sold information to a newspaper has been conditionally cautioned, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
By Press Gazette 22 August 13:06
A former police community support officer (PCSO) with the Metropolitan Police is facing a prison sentence after admitting he contacted The Sun to say a supermodel was attending a police station accused of assault.
By Press Gazette 21 August 12:04
Four journalists appeared in court this morning accused of involvement in phone-hacking and making illegal payments at The Sun and the News of the World The Sun's crime reporter, Anthony France, 41, from Watford, Hertfordshire, appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.
By Peter Jukes 20 August 9:51
“Can we hack their voicemail? Oh, there they are… let’s go along with a photographer. That’s kind of how tabloid journalism worked in those days – that was life.” Former News of the World reporter Dan Evans said management referred to phone-hacking during conferences as “special checks,” and unlike the Mirror group, News International wanted everything on email.
By Dominic Ponsford 19 August 10:37
From former News of the World news editor Ian Edmondson in April 2011 to former reporter for the same paper Ryan Sabey last week – at least 63 UK journalists have been arrested and/or charged by the Met police.

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