Media law

By Dominic Ponsford 23 January 10:17
The Sun has questioned why four journalists accused of paying public officials for stories should face a retrial when hundreds of returning jihadi fighters are not being prosecuted. And the paper notes today that the trial judge praised Sun head of news Chris Pharo, 45, ex-deputy news editor Ben O’Driscoll, 38, reporter Jamie Pyatt, 51, and former managing editor Graham Dudman, 51 for acting with “great dignity throughout” the trial. It estimates that the trial has cost the taxpaper £3m, with a further £2m in defence costs.
By William Turvill 23 January 9:35
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne is suing Express Newspapers again after winning damages from publisher less than a year ago.
By Dominic Ponsford 22 January 16:27
Three years after the initial arrests, after three months of hearings and 49 hours of jury deliberations there have been no convictions in the Sun six trial.
By PA Mediapoint 22 January 13:40
A judge in London was told that EastEnders star Jessie Wallace, singer and TV personality Peter Andre and actor and singer Darren Day have also settled actions against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN).
By PA Mediapoint 22 January 13:26
Head of news Chris Pharo, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, reporter Jamie Pyatt and former managing editor Graham Dudman had been accused - along with two colleagues - of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.
By Dominic Ponsford 22 January 11:49
Sun insiders have questioned the independence of the decision-making process around the Met Police accessing the newspaper’s phone records. The force used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to access the phone records of The Sun newsdesk and political editor Tom Newton Dunn as part of the Operation Alice investigation into Plebgate leaks.
By PA Mediapoint 22 January 11:48
Head of news Chris Pharo, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, reporter Jamie Pyatt and former managing editor Graham Dudman are on trial at Kingston Crown Court in south west London, accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office.
By PA Media Lawyer 22 January 11:36
Coulson, 46, and former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, 57, are jointly charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office in relation to payments to police officers for the books containing Palace contacts.
By PA Media Lawyer 22 January 9:47
Associated Newspapers does not dispute that Rowling is entitled to such a move - where the claimant alone makes a statement - but objects to a number of terms in the proposed draft.
By William Turvill 21 January 12:34
Yesterday, a letter written by Press Gazette and the Society of Editors, and signed by all national newspaper editors, was sent to the Prime Minister condemning the draft code, which puts journalists’ sources at risk. Today, the Daily Mail accused police of using the “tactics of the Stasi” to find sources, citing the cases in which Sun and Mail on Sunday journalists had their phone records grabbed by forces.
By PA Mediapoint 21 January 11:17
Head of news Chris Pharo, ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, reporter Jamie Pyatt and former managing editor Graham Dudman are on trial at Kingston Crown Court in south west London accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.
By Press Gazette 21 January 10:03
Chairman of press regulator IPSO Sir Alan Moses has told press owners to scrap rules which allow them to “obfuscate and resist” an investigation.Moses was giving evidence yesterday to the House of Lords Communications Committee.
By William Turvill 20 January 14:51
A campaign to stop the UK Government spying on journalists and their sources has today been given “priority” by the European Court of Human Rights (pictured, Shutterstock). The Bureau of Investigative Journalism submitted a legal challenge to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act prompted by Edward Snowden's revelations over state mass electronic surveillance.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 January 11:20
Today is the final day of a six-week consultation on a draft Home Office code on use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. It states that journalists’ telecoms records are not privileged and can be accessed by police without need for external approval. This week around 100 editors, including every UK national newspaper editor, signed a joint protest letter against the code organised by Press Gazette and the Society of Editors.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 January 10:08
A meeting on free speech called by members of the National Union of Journalists had to be held in a pub after two venues refused to host it.
By William Turvill 20 January 9:45
A member of the London Assembly has called on mayor Boris Johnson to introduce a “public interest test” to prevent the Metropolitan Police from targeting whistleblowers in press leak investigations.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 January 8:55
Lawyers’ groups and social workers have joined forces with the National Union of Journalists to call for new curbs on police spying powers.
By William Turvill 19 January 16:50
The Guardian today reports that “investigative journalists” are considered alongside terrorists and hackers in a hierarchy in a GCHQ “information security assessment”.
By Dominic Ponsford 19 January 12:01
A senior police office who have information to a journalist has been sacked some two years after he was initially arrested.
By PA Mediapoint 19 January 8:56
Mr Justice Mitting, sitting in London, said last week that the claim brought against US-based Google Inc under the Data Protection Act was "not such that it has no real prospect of success" and should continue.

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