Media law

By William Turvill 31 October 16:30
Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell said it should have been “obvious” to The Sun that police officers who leaked the Plebgate story “had a serious axe to grind in wanting to smear a Government Minister”. The Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield is suing over the September 2012 story and, in his latest submission to the court, described the newspaper’s defence as “manifestly unsustainable and doomed to fail”.
By William Turvill 31 October 9:04
A police force has said it would not give consideration to whether someone was a journalist when making a Regulation of Investigatory Powers request for their phone records.
By Court News UK 31 October 8:35
A former clinical director at Broadmoor Hospital said yesterday its notorious inmates have a right to watch soft pornography.
By Press Gazette 30 October 13:01
The story, published earlier this week, was about David Ainsworth being jailed for six months for his crimes.
By PA Mediapoint 30 October 12:50
Clodagh Hartley (pictured) is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of paying Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs press officer Jonathan Hall around £17,000 for story tips over a period of three years.
By Court News UK 30 October 10:07
Psychiatrist Dr Kevin Murray, who believed Peter Sutcliffe was not a murderer, said the public should not have been told Gonzalez had killed himself in a maximum security hospital.
By PA Mediapoint 29 October 15:11
The journalist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at the Old Bailey for conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by using prison officer Scott Chapman as the paid source for two stories on Jon Venables after he was sent back to jail in 2010 for child porn offences.
By Court News UK 29 October 14:15
The mother of a teenager killed in a gliding accident questioned how The Sun almost instantly discovered her grief-stricken family's address, a court heard.
By William Turvill 29 October 13:19
A former regional newspaper journalist believes a council spied on her meeting with local authority staff under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in order to "scupper" her investigations.
By William Turvill 29 October 9:25
Lord Strasburger received support from peers across all three major political parties for his Save Our Sources amendment, which was debated in the House of Lords last night.
By Press Gazette 28 October 17:13
Threats to journalistic sources through police use of RIPA legislation, the EU's "right to be forgotten" ruling and suggestions from some politicians that they will "finish what they began with Leveson" after the General Election were all issues cited by Dacre.
By PA Mediapoint 28 October 15:06
The journalist is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying prison officer Scott Chapman for stories about Jon Venables while he was in jail for child porn offences in 2010.
By Court News UK 28 October 14:07
A senior reporter at The Sun used a soldier to keep close tabs on the movements of Prince Harry (pictured, Reuters) when he was deployed to Afghanistan, a court heard today.
By William Turvill and Press Association 28 October 11:32
Ruth Cooke and Midland Heart had their case against the Sunday Mirror thrown out of court in August by Mr Justice Bean.
By Cleland Thom 28 October 10:23
A call by Nick Clegg to have a public interest defence for the press inserted into laws like RIPA and the Bribery Act has been backed by the Society of Editors.
By Court News UK 27 October 17:23
Lesley Langshaw said staff knew stories about Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and Rachel Nickell's killer Robert Napper were being passed to the press.
By William Turvill 27 October 8:46
The Express Newspapers title published an apology to the former England rugby captain after alleging a “blip” in his relationship with his wife, Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter.
By PA Mediapoint 24 October 15:40
Tom Savage told jurors he never knew Scott Chapman's true identity or that he worked at the prison where Jon Venables served time behind bars for child porn offences.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 24 October 14:24
Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe referred to the leak enquiries in his submission to the Leveson Inquiry, when he also revealed his force is "one of the few organisations which has established an independent command to deal exclusively with both overt and covert complaints and investigations".
By PA Mediapoint 24 October 9:35
Daily Star Sunday reporter Tom Savage said it never occurred to him that the contact he knew as Adam was in fact a serving prison officer - but added that if he had known, it would not have mattered "in the slightest".