Media law

By Dominic Ponsford 30 January 14:45
Since the revelation in September last year that the Met Police had secretly viewed the phone records of law-abiding journalists at The Sun I have not met anyone who thinks this is a good thing.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 30 January 12:54
The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has denied the suggestion his force misled journalists and the public over the extent of its spying on journalists as part of its Operation Alice investigation. Press Gazette and The Times reported this week that the Met obtained the phone records of two further Sun journalists in addition to political editor Tom Newton Dunn as part of its investigation into leaks in relation to the Plebgate scandal.
By William Turvill 29 January 11:02
The new regulator, whose chairman is retired judge Sir Alan Moses and has been signed up for by the vast majority of the national and regional press, has been up and running since September.
By PA Mediapoint 28 January 9:22
Mr Justice Mann allowed applications by News Group Newspapers (NGN) for summary judgment on the basis that the terms of the settlement reached in their first claims barred the new actions, because they fell within the settled claims.
By William Turvill 28 January 8:50
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton was private secretary to William and Harry at the time when a string of stories about their progress appeared in The Sun from the royal military academy.
By Dominic Ponsford and William Turvill 27 January 17:52
It emerged today that two more Sun journalists, in addition to political editor Tom Newton Dunn, had their phone records viewed during the Plebgate leak inquiry.
By William Turvill 27 January 9:34
Trinity Mirror is facing a fresh wave of phone-hacking compensation claims after the current group are settled in the High Court.
By Dominic Ponsford 26 January 14:48
In January 2011 the Met Police launched what is now reckoned to have become the biggest UK criminal investigation ever, into journalists.
By PA Mediapoint 26 January 11:18
Former communications secretary Paddy Harverson said while The Sun's coverage was "generally" positive about the young princes' performance during their officer cadet training, it was "important to remember" some stories "should have been private".
By PA Mediapoint 26 January 9:33
Trinity Mirror has admitted that 71 stories across its three national titles, with 45 bylines attached to them, were the result of phone-hacking, the High Court has heard. Last week, a date was set for the High Court to decide the amount of compensation to be awarded in civil voicemail interception cases brought against Mirror Group Newspapers. Eight representative cases, none of which have settled, are due to come before Mr Justice Mann in London on 2 March for a two-week trial.
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.
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.

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