Media law

By Dominic Ponsford 13 October 9:26
News website Exaro has stood behind its reporting of the "Westminster paedophile network" as Labour deputy leader Tom Watson yesterday refused to apologise to the family of Leon Brittan. Former Tory minister Brittan died in January this year after being questioned by police over an historic allegation of rape. The police investigation followed reporting of claims against Brittan by Exaro and political pressure from Watson.
By William Turvill and Press Association 13 October 9:19
The Sunday Times "trashed" the reputation of former Conservative MP Tim Yeo in the last stages of his career, the High Court has been told.
By William Turvill 12 October 8:07
The News of the World news editor who brought in phone-hacker Glenn Mulcaire has refused to take responsibility for the closure of the newspaper.
By Dominic Ponsford and PA Mediapoint 09 October 17:22
A former prison officer who sold tips to the Daily Mirror about the mother of the murdered child known as Baby P has been jailed for 12 weeks.
By Dominic Ponsford 09 October 16:27
Charges for Freedom of Information requests are beeing considered by an independent commission established by the Government to review the Freedom of Information Act.
By Dominic Ponsford 08 October 13:41

Michael Jackson’s nephew has had an accuracy complaint against the Daily Mirror over a story headlined “Jacko’s £134m hush money” rejected by press regulator IPSO.

By William Turvill 08 October 13:21
The Independent Press Standards Organisation has rejected a privacy complaint over a Mail on Sunday report that Nigel Farage (pictured, Reuters) had been questioned by police.
By William Turvill 08 October 9:56
Exaro editor Mark Watts has suggested the BBC’s Panorama programme on the Metropolitan Police’s VIP paedophile investigation was in “contravention” of guidance issued by the Attorney General’s Office.
By PA Mediapoint 07 October 9:36
Evidence given by former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks (then Wade) to MPs in 2003 backed up the belief of Sun reporter Jamie Pyatt that he was "not doing anything wrong" in handing over hundreds of pounds in cash to a serving police officer, a court heard.
By William Turvill 06 October 16:24
Metropolitan Police guidelines require officers to register “personal” relationships with journalists, consider the “motivation” of a drink offer and “avoid” the term off the record.
By Dominic Ponsford 06 October 10:59
The Daily Telegraph breached the Editors’ Code by inaccurately reporting on its front page an allegation of anti-semitism made against Jeremy Corbyn.
By PA Media Lawyer 06 October 9:20
Farmer pointed out to Mr Justice MacDonald that an anonymised judgment he had published, in a case in which he ordered that a man could no longer exercise parental responsibility in respect of his children, or even see their school reports, contained enough information to allow the family involved to be identified.
By William Turvill 06 October 8:36
Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre reportedly warned David Cameron against employing former News of the World editor Andy Coulson.
By William Turvill and Mark Silberstein 05 October 13:58
The Independent Press Standards Organisation has upheld more complaints against the Express and Mail groups than any other newspaper titles. (Picture: Shutterstock)
By PA Mediapoint 02 October 15:11
"Naming and shaming" Britain's youngest terrorist would only have "a limited deterrent effect", a judge has ruled.
By PA Mediapoint 02 October 9:07
A Sun journalist has described the moment he realised his newspaper had handed over his emails to police - despite his "moral and ethical" duty not to betray his sources. Jamie Pyatt, 52, told his trial that he worked "loyally" for the tabloid for 25 years and everything he did there was "sanctioned".
By PA Media Lawyer 01 October 16:54
The appeal by Mirror Group Newspapers against the record damages awarded to eight claimants in the phone-hacking case is to be heard on October 20 and 21.
By PA Mediapoint 01 October 12:55
A Sun news editor has told jurors that he is still answering questions about cash-for-stories allegations while his old boss Rebekah Brooks is "back in her job". Chris Pharo, 46, is on trial at the Old Bailey with district reporter Jamie Pyatt, 52 accused of aiding and abetting a Surrey Police officer to commit misconduct in a public office after the Elveden police investigation.
By Axegrinder 30 September 16:36
Readers of Press Gazette will know we have an interest in keeping tabs on the size of the BBC's PR operation: see here and here.
By Dominic Ponsford 30 September 9:56
Former Independent editor Chris Blackhurst has said that membership of the Independent Press Standards Organisation is “not for us guv”.