Media law

By PA Media Lawyer 30 July 11:58
Coverage of businessman Edward Ware's activities by journalist John McAllister started as a legitimate exercise in public interest journalism, but could now no longer be justified as freedom of expression, said Judge Patrick Moloney QC, sitting in the High Court on 24 July.
By Dominic Ponsford 28 July 19:10
Founder board member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation Bill Newman has been sacked from the body - apparently because he used to work for The Sun.
By Rushabh Haria and William Turvill 28 July 15:15
Four years after the launch of Operation Elveden, the number of public officials convicted of misconduct in public office stands at 26. A further seven out of the original 80 who were arrested are still awaiting trial, while four have been acquitted.
By Dominic Ponsford 28 July 15:05
The shameful way News UK, and more recently Trinity Mirror, have thrown sources to the wolves under Operation Elveden casts a shadow over the reputation of British journalism.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 July 11:06
The Sunday Times is facing a seven-day libel trial after being sued by former Conservative MP Tim Yeo over its undercover lobbying sting.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 July 10:30
District Judge Gareth Branston, sitting at Stratford Magistrates Court in east London, dismissed objections from a barrister representing one of the fans.
By PA Mediapoint 22 July 17:02
Former Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson (pictured, Reuters) has been ordered to pay £150,000 towards the costs of the marathon hacking trial.
By PA Media Lawyer 22 July 16:26
Solicitor Lawrence Abramson, the man hired by News International - now News UK - to look through emails for evidence that staff knew about phone-hacking has been fined £20,000 for unprofessional behaviour.
By William Turvill 22 July 10:27
Like Press Gazette, Matt Burgess, the author of a book on FoI, asked the Met to disclose the information it had given to the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office for its inquiry into police spying on journalists' phone records under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
By William Turvill 22 July 9:55
A judge has granted the Metropolitan Police access to a journalist's phone records without their knowledge since the Save Our Sources stop-gap law was passed, a court heard today.
By PA Mediapoint 21 July 12:45
Police and prosecutors were wrong to treat an investigative journalist who exposed a drug-taking doctor as a suspect and interview him under caution, the Crown prosecution Service has said.
By William Turvill 21 July 7:44
The Met Police made a series of errors in secret applications to view the phone records of Sun journalists and showed a complete failure to consider issues around the confidentiality of sources, a court heard.
By William Turvill and Press Association 20 July 15:34
Journalists have launched a court fight after complaining about the way police identified ''confidential'' sources.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 July 11:27
Freelance photographer Nick Stern has withdrawn permission for The Sun to use his images as a protest against the treatment of reporter Anthony France.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 July 9:25
The Sun today defended its "cast iron right" to publish 80-year-old images of the Queen giving a Nazi salute as a child.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 July 8:12
A Government panel to review the Freedom of Information Act has been seen as "a major attack on the public's right to know".
By PA Media Lawyer 17 July 9:21
A London borough's reasons for rejecting a Freedom of Information request for draft statements prepared in case media organisations raised certain issues were not reasonable, the Information Commissioner has found.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 July 8:32
A crowdfunding appeal yesterday took just a few hours to raise more than £3,000 in legal fees for convicted Sun reporter Anthony France.
By William Turvill 16 July 13:20
Two police forces have wrongly accessed phone records to find journalistic sources without judicial approval since the law was changed to prevent this.
By Cleland Thom 16 July 13:08
New legislation that makes posting revenge porn a criminal offence may cause an ethical dilemma for editors.

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