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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.
He was speaking today in the way of a Sunday Mirror story which revealed married government minister Brooks Newmark had sent explicit photos of himself to a freelance journalist posing on Twitter as a "twentysomething Tory PR girl".
The "honey trap" operation involved a fictitious party activist called "Sophie Wittam" who flirted with MPs via social media.
“That someone is unquestionably a nice guy is not a defence”, said prosecutor Peter Wright QC has he began his closing speech in the trial of Sun journalist Vince Soodin.
The newspaper’s online news editor, 39, is charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and it is alleged that he paid a police officer £500 for information about a fox attacking a child in Brighton.
It is for the new press regulator to decide whether a newspaper "sting" operation that forced a minister to resign in a sex scandal was legitimate, David Cameron has said.
Ipso chairman Sir Alan Moses is being questioned at the Conservative Party conference this morning amid Tory anger over the treatment of Brooks Newmark and other MPs.
Civil society minister Newmark, a married father of five, resigned at the weekend after it emerged in the Sunday Mirror that he had sent explicit pictures of himself on Twitter.
Sunday Mirror editor in chief Lloyd Embley has apologised for the use of photos of women without their permission in a ‘sexting’ sting which prompted the resignaton of a Conservative minister.
A freelance reporter worked on the story and sold it to the Sunday Mirror. It is has been reported that the story was turned down by The Sun.
The reporter used a picture of Swedish model Malin Sahlen to set up a fake Twitter account called “Sophie Wittams – Twentysomething Tory PR girl”.
Islamic extremists have released another propaganda video appearing to feature British journalist John Cantlie.
The clip, which lasts for five-and-a-half-minutes, shows Cantlie sitting at a desk dressed in the now-familiar orange outfit worn by other Islamic State (IS) hostages.
The video is introduced with the title "Lend Me Your Ears" and "Messages From The British Detainee John Cantlie" before the Briton appears on screen.
Cantlie looks calm and appears to be reciting a prepared script.
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.
Vince Soodin, 39, denied “cultivating” James Bowes, who he described as The Sun’s rather than his own source.
He told how Bowes sent an email into The Sun newsdesk on a Saturday in June 2010 tipping it off about a fox which had bitten a three-year-old in Sussex.
A Sun reporter has told how he turned down a story from a police source who claimed a colleague was a user of an app which connects gay and bi-sexual men.
Vince Soodin, 39, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying Sussex Police Sergeant James Bowes £500 for a story tip.
The court heard how Soodin arranged for Bowes to be paid by The Sun in exchange for a tip about a fox attacking a three-year-old boy at a school in Brighton, which Soodin said was in the public interest.
The High Court has ruled that a former lawyer for The Times recklessly rather than knowingly allowed the court to be misled in the Nightjack case.
In doing so it partially upheld the appeal of Alastair Brett against a finding of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal which fined him £30,000 and suspended him for six months.
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.
He also denied on Twitter that the story was a “Mirror sting”. The story was found by a freelance journalist who took it to the Sunday Mirror.
Posing on Twitter as a “twenty something Tory PR girl” called Sophie, the journalist was investigating inappropriate use of social media by MPs.
The Newsquest-owned Herald and Times group’s profits fell in the last financial year, with “rapid growth” online failing to offset print decline.
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.
A Sun reporter today denied plotting with a corrupt police officer when he sent a "stock" reply to a tip sent to the tabloid about a fox attack.
Vince Soodin, 39, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying Sussex Police Sergeant James Bowes £500 to be his stooge.
Giving evidence in his defence, Soodin told jurors how he was sifting through hundreds of emails which had been sent to the tabloid's newsdesk when he came across one from the officer.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (pictured, Reuters) and actor Christopher Eccleston have settled their phone-hacking damages claims for £30,000 each.
Details of the settlements in litigation brought against Mirror Group Newspapers are outlined in a document before Mr Justice Mann at the High Court in London.
The document also shows that ex-footballer Garry Flitcroft's claim has been settled for £20,000.
Efforts to counter the lack of economic and ethnic diversity in journalism were recognised at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House yesterday as the boradcaster hosted recipients of the NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund.
Launched in 2005, the fund has so far helped 174 recipients to start careers in journalism by paying course fees and living expenses. The Newspaper Licensing Agency, which collects royalties from press cuttings agencies and other sources, handed over a cheque for £100,000 to the fund.
The Scotsman website reported record web traffic and a print circulation rise of 25 per cent as a result of its referendum coverage last week.
Last Thursday, on the day of voting, the Johnston Press site reported 1m page views - beating its previous best day by 50 per cent.
And its circulation saw week on week increases of 13 per cent on Thursday, 21 per cent on Friday and 25 per cent on Saturday, according to JP.