Media law

By Dominic Ponsford 31 March 17:17
The Crown Prosecution Service is not going to seek a retrial for a News of the World journalist whose conviction for a paying public official was quashed by the Court of Appeal. And it has asked for an adjournment in a further Operation Elveden trial involving a journalist which was due to start today while it considers the “wider implicatons” of last week’s ruling from the Lord Chief Justice.
By Dominic Ponsford 31 March 15:35
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has called on the UK’s “fractured press” to defend its “sacred oath” to protect sources.
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By Cleland Thom 31 March 12:32
The first bout of Dave v Ed on TV last night signaled the unofficial start of the general election campaign. And journalists can look forward two another five weeks on mud-slinging, claim and counter-claim.
By PA Mediapoint 31 March 10:24
Viewers heard the call, made by Lucy Lee shortly before she was shot dead by her mother's partner at a puppy breeding farm, when it was played on the 1pm and 6pm news bulletins.
By William Turvill 31 March 10:07
The former medi lead for the Association of Chief Police Officers said last night that there will be no return to the “good old days” of “informal” relations between police and the press. Andy Trotter, who retired last year from his ACPO role and as chief constable of the British Transport Police, ruled out the possibility of any conversations with the media that are not “on the record”.
By Dominic Ponsford 30 March 13:04
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the law needs to be changed to give journalists accused of corrupting public officials by paying for stories a clear public interest defence.
By William Turvill 30 March 11:15
The Metropolitan Police is reportedly “sitting on dozens of unopened bin-bags of material” gathered by officers investigating Trinity Mirror national newspapers.
By PA Medialawyer and Press Gazette 30 March 11:01
A Premier League footballer who obtained an anonymity order against a woman selling a kiss-and-tell story to The Sun should be named, a High Court judge has decided.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 30 March 8:41
Sun columnist Katie Hopkins has been reported to police over claims she may have incited racial hatred in Rochdale by suggesting Pakistani men in the area were sex abusers.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 27 March 15:20
The first journalist to be found guilty of paying a public official in the wake of the high-profile Operation Elveden probe has had the conviction quashed on appeal, it can now be reported.
By Dominic Ponsford 27 March 11:55
The Independent Press Standard’s Organisation’s investigation into The Sunday Mirror’s Brooks Newmark sting has been condemned for exposing the regulator’s weaknesses.
By Dominic Ponsford 27 March 11:01
Police officers are now banned from secretly obtaining the call records of journalists without getting outside approval from a judge.
By Dominic Ponsford 27 March 9:51
A lecturer and his wife have been sacked by a university after being accused of speaking to journalists. The move comes amid a widespread public sector crackdown on unauthorised contact with the media.
By Dominic Ponsford 26 March 10:30
The Guardian has won a 10-year legal battle which could force the Government to release letters sent from Prince Charles to ministers. The Supreme Court has upheld a decision made by the Court of Appeal last year which said former Attorney General Dominic Grieve had “no good reason” for using his ministerial veto to block the release of the letters.
By William Turvill 26 March 10:21
The Independent Press Standards Organisation has ruled that the Guido Fawkes/Sunday Mirror investigation into Conservative MP Brooks Newmark was justified.
By PA Medialawyer and Press Gazette 25 March 10:38

An advertisement which gave Daily Star readers the chance to win a date with a page three model has been banned for being sexist, offensive and socially irresponsible.

By PA Media Lawyer 25 March 9:47
A claim by lawyers for phone-hacking victims that they had suffered "unparalleled" harm was simply wrong, the High Court has heard.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 March 11:06
A former chief constable has said there needs to be a review of the way the charge of corruption in a public office is used against journalists.
By PA Media Lawyer 24 March 8:43
Helal Uddin Abbas sued Mohamed Yousuf Shah, editor of the London Bangla newspaper, over material which appeared in the issue dated 15-21 October 2010.
By William Turvill 24 March 8:04
When Sun executive editor Fergus Shanahan was arrested more than three years ago, he says he was made to feel like “one of the most dangerous men in the country” by the four cars full of police officers who descended on his family home in Felsted, Essex, shortly after 6am.

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