Media law

By Press Association 22 July 14:26
Actor Rhys Ifans (pictured, Reuters) and entertainer Michael Barrymore have settled their phone-hacking damages claims. They both received substantial undisclosed damages, their legal costs and sincere apologies from News Group Newspapers, publisher of the now defunct News of the World. The settlements, announced at London's High Court today before Mr Justice Mann, are the latest in the civil litigation against NGN.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 21 July 15:39
The Tulisa drugs sting trial collapsed after the judge agreed that Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood told a “deliberate lie” in a pre-trial hearing.
Glenn Mulcaire (Reuters)
By Dominic Ponsford 21 July 9:52
Former full-time phone-hacker for the News of the World Glenn Mulcaire has repeated his assertion that be believed he was working indirectly for the police when he listened to the phone messages of missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
By Barbara Kevles 18 July 12:29
One night, while scanning my name on Google, I discovered a hyperlink to a free download of my writing book, Basic Magazine Writing (Writer’s Digest Books). I own the book’s copyright. I hadn’t sold the e-rights. The discovery triggered jolts of bone-tingling fear, helplessness, and rage at the theft of my book.
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 Press Gazette 18 July 8:23
A jury took just over an hour and a half to find ex-Wiltshire Police officer Darren Jennings (not pictured) guilty of committing misconduct in a public office following a trial at the Old Bailey.
By Press Gazette 17 July 9:21
Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos used code words to help broker a cocaine deal with an undercover reporter who claimed she was in the frame for a leading film role opposite A-list stars, a court has heard.
By Dominic Ponsford 16 July 15:16
Six former News of the World journalists questioned by police on suspicion of involvement in phone-hacking for the News of the World today been told they will face no further action.
By PA Mediapoint 16 July 9:13
Darren Jennings (not pictured) is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of committing misconduct in a public office while he worked for Wiltshire Police in September 2010.
By PA Mediapoint 15 July 9:41
A former police constable has gone on trial accused of offering to sell information to the Sun about a "womanising and bullying" colleague, a court heard.
By William Turvill 15 July 9:11
Bing.com, which has recieved a "small fraction" of Google's take-down requests, is in the process of “developing an appropriate system”, which is expected to launch “soon”.
By William Turvill 14 July 12:54
A man who won £70,000 libel damages from The Sun after the paper accused him of being a paedophile has been jailed for life – for being a paedophile.
By PA Medialawyer and Press Gazette 14 July 9:48
Former head lawyer at The Times Alastair Brett is to appeal against his £30,000 fine and six-month suspension for misleading the High Court in the Nightjack case.
By Press Gazette 14 July 8:44
Met Police statistics quoted by Inforrm (The International Forum for Responsible Media) show that 46 police officers are still investigating hacking and a further 53 are looking into payments by journalists to police and other public officials.
By William Turvill 11 July 9:13
David Drummond (pictured, Reuters), who is also the company’s senior vice-president for corporate development, said that it has received 70,000 take-down requests covering 250,000 web pages since May.
By William Turvill 10 July 12:40
Collymore said that a story reporting his Twitter reaction to comment from his ex-girlfriend Ulrika Jonsson, headlined "I only hit her with open hand", was inaccurate and misleading, in breach of clause 1 of the Editors' Code of Practice.
By Press Gazette 10 July 8:39
He said the Government was opposing moves to introduce such a rule in negotiations between the 28 member states.
By William Turvill 09 July 17:08
The Mail reported on 5 April that Tom Clarke, Labour MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, was involved in the decision to reduce the amount of expenses that former culture secretary Maria Miller should repay.
By Cleland Thom 08 July 15:41
The Bournemouth Echo’s decision to use huge mugshots of drink-drive offenders on their website has had some of their readers reaching for their law books.
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.

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