Insight and analysis from Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford

By Dominic Ponsford 20 October 12:50
The risks to police officers who have unauthorised contact with journalists has been highlighted by Stephen Wright in a blog for the Daily Mail.
By Dominic Ponsford 10 October 12:01
The election is currently underway to appoint one of the safest jobs in journalism (for the next five years anyway) – the editorship of NUJ house magazine The Journalist.
By Dominic Ponsford 09 October 14:25
Press Gazette’s carpet-bombing of UK police forces with Freedom of Information requests has so far failed to get a single further admission of using RIPA against journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 07 October 10:03
The RIPA issue is part of a much wider problem whereby the police are seeking to criminalise unauthorised contact between journalists and officers. Press Gazette will continue this campaign on this issue until clear protection is in place to protect any sources who make disclosures which are in the public interest.
By Dominic Ponsford 03 October 10:40
One month on from Press Gazette’s first revelation that the Met Police had secretly seized the phone records of The Sun we have more questions than answers. The Met declines to reveal how often it seizes the phone records of law-abiding journalists in order to expose sources who haven’t broken any law.
By Dominic Ponsford 08 September 14:48
The news that the police secretly obtained the phone-records of journalists to out their sources was revealed by the police themselves in the Operation Alice closing report into the Plebgate affair on 2 September.
By Dominic Ponsford 05 September 12:15
Guardian media blogger Roy Greenslade once described Express Newspapers boss Richard Desmond as a “rogue publisher” in a piece outlining his decision to the leave the PCC.
By Dominic Ponsford 03 September 14:41
The police, security services and many other public authorities can secretly request the telecoms records of any news organisation or journalist to find and punish their confidential sources.
By Dominic Ponsford 29 August 11:28
With the Press Complaints Commission set to close down on 8 September to be replaced by the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the time has come for publishers who are still sitting on the fence on the issue of press regulation to make their minds up.
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.
By Dominic Ponsford 18 August 14:56
There were two interesting examples this month of adverts becoming an editorial decision on national newspapers - both involving the current conflict in Gaza.
By Dominic Ponsford 18 August 11:29
As Nick Davies might put it, a blind man in a dark room could see that a police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard in connection with a sex crime allegation is a big story.
By Dominic Ponsford 14 August 11:35
Looking at someone else’s phone messages may be nosey, it may even be a breach of their privacy under civil law. But is it a crime? Technically it is. But it took a jury just a few hours yesterday to clear former Sun journalist Ben Ashford and to work out he wasn’t guilt of handling stolen goods or computer hacking. The big question is why it took the UK criminal justice system nearly two years, a hugely expensive investigation and trial to reach the same conclusion.
By Dominic Ponsford 18 July 11:32
It used to be the case that journalists would proudly go to prison rather than give up a source.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 July 17:59
First came the internet, then came broadband and now the latest threat and challenge to the news industry is near universal use of smartphones.
By Dominic Ponsford 09 July 15:42
It is easy to be wise after the event, but looking at Mail Online’s story about George Clooney’s future mother-in-law it beggars belief that it did not ring alarm bells earlier on.
Andrew Caldecott QC addressing Press Gazette's Defamation 2014 conference
By Dominic Ponsford 07 July 15:12
Press Gazette’s Defamation 2014 conference last month provided a great primer on what the new Defamation Act means for journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 04 July 13:09
So now we know. News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck instructed the paper’s full-time phone-hacker Glenn Mulcaire to investigate the disappearance of Milly Dowler in 2002. Mulcaire listened to her voicemail messages and found a lead which suggested she might be alive.
By Dominic Ponsford 30 June 10:52
Was the hacking scandal actually the best thing that ever happened to Rupert Murdoch?
By Dominic Ponsford 25 June 11:23
'Great day for red tops' was The Sun's playful front-page interpretation of the hacking trial verdicts today.

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