Media law

By PA Mediapoint 05 March 15:26
The number one military contact of the Sun's chief reporter could have been the wife of an army officer who wanted to avoid the "shame and ignominy" of passing on "pillow talk", for all a tabloid boss knew, a court heard today.
By Dominic Ponsford 05 March 12:00
The Home Office appears determined not to allow journalists to defend their sources against phone records grabs.
By Press Gazette 05 March 10:35
The Old Bailey was told yesterday how a Fleet Street reporter who has been “at the top of his game’ for 50 years has been placed on trial for simply doing his job.
By PA Mediapoint 05 March 8:58
An individual's right to control his or her private information was "cruelly and irretrievably" taken away by Mirror Group Newspapers, the High Court phone-hacking trial has heard.
By Press Gazette 04 March 17:04
The chairman of the Regulatory Funding Company (RFC), which funds the Independent Press Standards Organisation, has stepped down from the post, it was announced today.
By PA Mediapoint 04 March 11:53
The police officer at the centre of the notorious Downing Street "Plebgate" incident has accepted £80,000 damages in settlement of his libel action against former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
By William Turvill 04 March 9:22
The Independent Press Standards Organisation has ruled that the Derby Telegraph breached three clauses of the Editors’ Code for a photograph used in a story headlined: “Girl involved in incident outside Derbyshire secondary school”.
By Dominic Ponsford 04 March 8:35
The Independent Press Standards Organisation has upheld a complaint against Mail Online but rejected it against The Mail on Sunday over the same article.
By William Turvill 03 March 17:40
The head of the Crown Prosecution Service faced criticism in Parliament this afternoon for the conviction rate of journalists and was challenged over allegations of a "witch hunt" against the industry.
By PA Mediapoint 03 March 13:44
Phone-hacking was "rife" at all three of Mirror Group Newspaper's (MGN) national titles by mid-1999 at the latest, the High Court has heard.
By William Turvill 03 March 12:26
The Metropolitan Police has admitted to using Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to secretly obtain the phone records of three Sun journalists and the paper's newsdesk as part of its Plebgate investigation.
By William Turvill 02 March 10:42
The publisher set aside £12m for legal costs associated “historic legal issues”, including phone-hacking, last year, and it said today there is “present uncertainty” about how much this could cost in the future.
By Press Gazette 02 March 8:46
A hearing to decide the amount of compensation to be awarded in civil phone-hacking claims brought against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) is due to start at the High Court today. Eight representative cases, none of which have settled, will be considered by Mr Justice Mann in London. They concern TV executive Alan Yentob, actress Sadie Frost, ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne, soap stars Lucy Taggart, Shane Richie and Shobna Gulati, flight attendant Lauren Alcorn and TV producer Robert Ashworth.
By Cleland Thom 01 March 19:55
Journalists will be able to cover some court cases without leaving their desks if a new recommendations are implemented by the government.
By William Turvill 27 February 16:20
The Metropolitan Police has said it is "disappointing" that journalists continue to make Freedom of Information requests on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act against news organisations.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 27 February 12:35
Guido Fawkes has been accused of “working collectively” with Press Gazette after attempting to find out, under the Freedom of Information Act, whether its staff’s telephone records had been secretly obtained by the Metropolitan Police under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
By Press Gazette 27 February 9:36
Last week the Government promised that as an interim measure it would require police forces to use the procedure under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) in order to acquire journalists’ phone records.
By PA Mediapoint 26 February 11:40

Three Al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested in Paris for illegally flying a drone.

By PA Mediapoint 26 February 8:48
An official at a Serco-run immigration centre justified leaking stories to The Sun by claiming the company turned a "blind eye" to corruption as colleagues drove around in Bentleys and Ferraris, a court heard. Mark Blake is alleged to have conspired, while he was employed as a detention custody officer at Colnbrook secure immigration removal centre, to commit misconduct with Sun journalist Tom Wells.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 25 February 17:17
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman said today her party would have a mandate to "follow through on Leveson" if it won the general election in May.

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