Media law

By William Turvill 19 September 15:38
Set up a week ago, the Change.org petition, which can be found here, calls on the Interception of Communications Commissioner Sir Anthony May to ensure that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act is not used by public authorities to secretly obtain journalists' phone records and identify confidential sources.
By William Turvill 19 September 10:33
Kate and Gerry McCann took issue with a front-page Insight story from last year, which the couple said suggested they had kept "secret from investigating authorities a crucial piece of evidence concerning the disappearance of their daughter".
By PA Mediapoint 18 September 15:51
Paul Randall, 49, found out the model was at a Westminster police station where he worked on 25 October 2006 and rang the tabloid newspaper which dispatched a photographer to the scene.
By William Turvill 18 September 11:51
The Metropolitan Police does not appear to know how many times it has seized the phone records of journalists and news organisations.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 September 17:51
A 44-year-old freelance journalist arrested in dawn raid on his Northumberland home a year ago has been cleared by the Crown Prosecution Service.
By Dominic Ponsford 17 September 11:43

The Newspaper Society has backed Press Gazette’s Save Our Sources campaign against public authorities' use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to spy on journalists without external oversight.

By Dominic Ponsford 17 September 10:44
A former Met Police commander with 30 years' experience in the force has publicly backed Press Gazette’s campaign to stop the police spying on journalists.
By William Turvill 16 September 11:44
McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell in the BBC programme, sued News Group Newspapers for the interception of his voicemails, and the Met Police for selling private information about him to the paper.
By Dominic Ponsford 16 September 10:21
London mayor Boris Johnson (pictured: Reuters) is facing questions over why the police obtained the telephone records of a journalist “without his consent, and without any warrant or other court order”.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 September 15:43
The Chartered Institute of Journalists has urged the Met Police to justify its decision to obtain the phone records of The Sun and its political editor and to reveal how many other times it has used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to spy on journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 September 13:40
The Bureau of Investigation has asked the European Court of Human Rights to stop the UK Government from spying on journalists and their sources.
By PA Mediapoint 15 September 10:12
A prison officer has pleaded not guilty to committing misconduct in a public office by selling stories to two national newspapers about the top security HMP Belmarsh.
By William Turvill 14 September 10:12
The editors of The Sun and The Guardian and the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists are among those backing the Save Our Sources campaign to stop police secretly monitoring the phone-calls of journalists.
By Cleland Thom 13 September 16:51
A report in Kent Online about the court appearance of a man charged with murdering a pensioner made me scratch my head.
By PA Media Lawyer 12 September 11:22
Mahmood, known as "the fake sheikh", who is currently suspended from The Sun, came under scrutiny earlier this year with the collapse of the trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos for alleged involvement in a drug deal.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 September 10:54
The reporter who exposed the hacking scandal has said journalists should ask the Investigatory Powers Tribunal if police have spied on them. Author of Hack Attack, Nick Davies, said he aimed to contact the Tribunal after being contacted by Press Gazette as part of the Save Our Sources campaign. Davies wrote a number of critical stories about the Met Police as part of his long investigation into hacking at the News of the World.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 September 8:55
The Daily Telegraph has become the last newspaper to be censured by the PCC after it published details after needlessly identifying the wife of a convicted paedophile.
By PA Mediapoint 12 September 8:37
The journalist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before a judge at the Old Bailey alongside Trust worker Alan Hagan, 47.
By Press Gazette 11 September 15:38
Without whistleblowers there is no investigative journalism.
By Dominic Ponsford 11 September 10:42
New official guidelines impose strict controls on anyone from the armed forces making contact with journalists, even in a social setting.

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