Media law

By Dominic Ponsford 01 October 14:59
A second police force has admitted secretly spying on journalists by using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. Kent Police used RIPA to obtain the phone records of Mail on Sunday news editor David Dillon and freelance journalist Andrew Alderson, The Times reports today. The data was used to help convict judge Constance Briscoe who was investigated by the police over the false claim that she had not spoken to the press about former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne swapping speeding points with his wife Vicky Pryce.
By Dominic Ponsford 01 October 8:34
How can there be a conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office when only one person has been charged with conspiracy?
By Press Gazette 30 September 16:45
Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation Sir Alan Moses said subterfuge should only be used as a "last resort" as a means of discovering evidence which the newspaper already suspected existed.
By Dominic Ponsford 30 September 13:47
“That someone is unquestionably a nice guy is not a defence”, said prosecutor Peter Wright QC has he began his closing speech in the trial of Sun journalist Vince Soodin. The newspaper’s online news editor, 39, is charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and it is alleged that he paid a police officer £500 for information about a fox attacking a child in Brighton.
By PA Mediapoint 30 September 10:00

It is for the new press regulator to decide whether a newspaper "sting" operation that forced a minister to resign in a sex scandal was legitimate, David Cameron has said.

By Dominic Ponsford 30 September 8:38
Sunday Mirror editor in chief Lloyd Embley has apologised for the use of photos of women without their permission in a ‘sexting’ sting which prompted the resignaton of a Conservative minister.
By William Turvill 29 September 17:42
A Sun reporter told the Old Bailey “these are dark times for the British press” while defending himself against the allegation of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying a Sussex Police sergeant £500 for a story tip. Vince Soodin, 39, denied “cultivating” James Bowes, who he described as The Sun’s rather than his own source.
By William Turvill and Press Association 29 September 15:38
A Sun reporter has told how he turned down a story from a police source who claimed a colleague was a user of an app which connects gay and bi-sexual men. Vince Soodin, 39, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying Sussex Police Sergeant James Bowes £500 for a story tip. The court heard how Soodin arranged for Bowes to be paid by The Sun in exchange for a tip about a fox attacking a three-year-old boy at a school in Brighton, which Soodin said was in the public interest.
By PA Medialawyer and Press Gazette 29 September 10:14
The High Court has ruled that a former lawyer for The Times recklessly rather than knowingly allowed the court to be misled in the Nightjack case.
By Dominic Ponsford 29 September 9:04
Sunday Mirror editor in chief Lloyd Embley has said there was a “nailed on public interest” to its story yesterday revealing that a married Tory minister had exchanged lewd online messages with a journalist posing as a PR girl.
By William Turvill 26 September 14:45
Earlier this year, a frightened public sector worker who had leaked a story to the press which was undoubtedly in the public interest called Press Gazette to ask if they were in danger of being arrested under Operation Elveden.
By PA Mediapoint 26 September 14:29
A Sun reporter today denied plotting with a corrupt police officer when he sent a "stock" reply to a tip sent to the tabloid about a fox attack.
By PA Media Lawyer 26 September 11:37
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (pictured, Reuters) and actor Christopher Eccleston have settled their phone-hacking damages claims for £30,000 each.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 September 14:55
She wanted a judge to order Closer magazine to disclose the name of the source, claiming that information relating to her had been leaked.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 September 14:47
A former British Army employee is the latest person to be arrested over Scotland Yard's long-running inquiry into the alleged corruption of public officials.
By William Turvill 24 September 17:06
The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police refused to answer questions about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act being used to spy on journalists today.
By PA Mediapoint 24 September 15:35
Vince Soodin, 39, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of giving Sussex Police sergeant James Bowes £500 in exchange for story tips.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 September 15:26
A small number of accredited journalists are to be allowed to cover a forthcoming terrorism trial which is shrouded in an unprecedented level of secrecy.
By Press Gazette 24 September 14:14
Today Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe exposes himself to public scrutiny on Twitter with a Q&A session. Let's see what he has to say about the Met Police's use of RIPA to secretly obtain the records of journalists. Have your say by asking a question using the hashtag #AskMetBoss.
By William Turvill 24 September 10:54
The Mail Online story about Ronald Castree from November 2007 is the latest to be affected the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling and the story will now be hidden under certain Google searches.

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