Media law

By William Turvill 17 October 11:49
Accessing the phone records of The Sun was “the very first thing” the Metropolitan Police did in its investigation into Plebgate, a lawyer for the paper has revealed. Gavin Millar QC claims the Met accessed political editor Tom Newton Dunn’s (pictured) phone records under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in December 2012, when it began its inquiry, and interviewed the journalist for the first time in March 2013.
By William Turvill 17 October 9:52
Thames Valley Police did not say Sally Murrer was a journalist when it applied to bug her conversations, her barrister has revealed.
By PA Mediapoint 16 October 15:21
Walliams, who is best known for the sketch show Little Britain but is also an author and a trustee of Comic Relief, accepted substantial undisclosed damages and his legal costs from News Group Newspapers (NGN), publishers of the now-defunct News of the World.
By PA Mediapoint 16 October 15:11
The group of editors and reporters bought confidential information about members of the Royal Family, celebrities, notorious inmates, "the famous, not so famous and the infamous", Kingston Crown Court heard.
By William Turvill 16 October 8:51
Proposed by Labour's John McDonnell yesterday, the Early Day Motion now has the backing of 11 other members from all major parties.
By William Turvill 15 October 16:25
Asked if the Crown Prosecution Service should be giving advice to police on the use of RIPA against journalists, Alison Saunders said: “I think RIPA sets out a very clear and very thorough framework, quite rightly so, for what are intrusive powers.”
By PA Mediapoint 15 October 13:58
Former NoW managing editor Kuttner £135,000 out of pocket after losing hacking trial costs bid
By PA Mediapoint 15 October 12:36
A CPS spokesman said Graham Johnson is accused of "intercepting communications without legal authority, namely mobile phone voicemail messages".
By Press Gazette 15 October 9:12
Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce a review today of whether to introduce a statutory time limit on how long people can be kept on police bail as well as action to curb police spying on journalists' phone records.
By PA Media Lawyer 15 October 4:01
Paris Match was ordered to make the payout by the French courts after it published a story reporting a woman's claim that he was the father of her child.
By PA Media Lawyer 14 October 16:41
The need for an overhaul of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act was "obvious", said Blunkett. The chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission told the same committee that the legislation was "time-expired" and should be replaced.
By PA Mediapoint 14 October 14:35
Scott Chapman shared a third of his earnings from The Sun, News Of The World, Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Sunday People, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday with his ex-partner Lynn Gaffney, prosecutors allege.
By William Turvill 14 October 9:04
A police force used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to bug a journalist's car - but has denied using it to obtain a news agency's phone records.
By Cleland Thom 14 October 0:15
The Home Office's announcement that it will introduce measures to stop the police using RIPA to access journalists' phone records appears to be a rare victory for press freedom.
By Central European News 13 October 16:34
Austrian Ernst Strasser, 58, also a former interior minister of Austria, was originally given a four-year term in 2013 after he was filmed by reporters from The Sunday Times newspaper offering to pursue amendments to a planned law on hedge funds for cash.
By William Turvill 13 October 11:06
The force, which admitted last month to secretly obtaining the phone records of The Sun newsdesk and political editor under RIPA, has refused to describe the system on which applications are held – despite a Freedom of Information request made by Press Gazette.
By PA Mediapoint 13 October 10:21
Six journalists and senior newspaper executives are going on trial accused of plotting with public officials in pursuit of exclusive stories at The Sun newspaper over nine years.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 October 14:37
The Home Office has said that measures could be in place before Christmas to stop police spying on the phone records of law-abiding journalists.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 October 7:07
An appeal publicised by Press Gazette has raised more than £11,000 in a matter of days to help a reporter facing financial hardship as a result of a criminal prosecution.
By William Turvill 10 October 11:41
Former Ipswich Star reporter Mark Bulstrode was targeted after he questioned the force about the re-opening of a rape investigation.

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