Media law

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. The former News of the World reporter was handed a six-month suspended sentence after being found guilty at the Old Bailey last November.
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.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 March 15:19
Brandon Malinsky, 50, is on trial at the Old Bailey charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office between September 2010 and March 2011.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 March 15:09
Lawyers for Sun deputy editor Geoff Webster have revealed that they twice asked the Crown Prosecution Service to reconsider its case against their client.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 March 12:54
The acquittal of four Sun journalists on Friday feels like a watershed in the battle between UK journalism and the criminal justice system.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 March 9:52
There have been widespread calls for the Crown Prosecution Service to review its policy on prosecuting journalists after the acquittal of four Sun journalists on Friday.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 March 9:10
Bettina Jordan-Barber, 42, was cultivated by Sun chief reporter John Kay as his "number one military contact", providing him with exclusive details of army disciplinary investigations, sex scandals and casualties in Afghanistan.
By PA Mediapoint 23 March 8:54
An inquest in Leicester was told that Brenda Leyland was found dead two days after her involvement in online abuse of Madeleine McCann's parents was exposed by Sky News.
By PA Mediapoint 23 March 8:33
A former News of the World royal reporter from east London has been convicted of using a soldier in Prince Harry's regiment as a paid tipster, it can now be reported.
By PA Mediapoint 20 March 12:03
Four senior Sun journalists have been cleared of paying public officials for scoops, including titbits on the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
By William Turvill 20 March 11:52
The Government has been widely criticised for introducing new rules banning civil servants from speaking to the media without permission from a minister.

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