Media law

By Dominic Ponsford 20 August 16:23
Chairman of the Commons energy select committee Tim Yeo is suing The Sunday Times for libel over a report that he coached a paying client before they gave evidence to his committee. The paper also reported that Yeo had “boasted of how he can promote businesses in which he has an interest”. Today Mr Justice Warby issued a preliminary judgment in the case in which he declined a request by The Sunday Times for the case to be heard by a jury.
By Cleland Thom 20 August 11:37
A judge has provided the first clues about the realities of the new Defamation Act’s ‘serious harm’ test.
By Peter Jukes 20 August 9:51
“Can we hack their voicemail? Oh, there they are… let’s go along with a photographer. That’s kind of how tabloid journalism worked in those days – that was life.” Former News of the World reporter Dan Evans said management referred to phone-hacking during conferences as “special checks,” and unlike the Mirror group, News International wanted everything on email.
By PA Mediapoint 18 August 16:34
A former Metropolitan Police officer who used his mother to help him sell The Sun a story about a British soap star's attempted suicide has been jailed for 12 months, it can now be reported.
By Dominic Ponsford 18 August 10:01
Former young journalist of the year Ryan Sabey has been charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office together a soldier.
By Dominic Ponsford 18 August 9:16
A former Times journalist who admitted hacking a Yahoo email account in order to unmask pseudonymous police blogger Nightjack has been given a caution.
By Dominic Ponsford 15 August 14:54

The president of Olympiakos Football Club has settled his libel dispute with the The Sun over claims he was facing criminal charges for bribery and match fixing.

By Dominic Ponsford 15 August 11:44
The Sun has been censured by the Press Complaints Commission for breaching the "harassment" clause of the Editors' Code in respect of approaches to woman who was attacked by publicist Max Clifford.
By Cleland Thom 15 August 10:23
The independent reviewer of terrorism legislation’s concerns about free speech (Guardian) provide another example of how the law is being used to stifle journalism.
By Press Gazette 14 August 14:36
Sir Cliff Richard has claimed that police tipped off the press about the search of his Berkshire home in relation to historic allegations of a sexual assault.
By PA Mediapoint 14 August 13:29
The Kentish Gazette breached two clauses of the Editors' Code of Practice - on accuracy and the identification of victims of sexual offences - with a story it published about a woman who testified against disgraced publicist Max Clifford at his trial on sex offences, the Press Complaints Commission has held.
By PA Mediapoint 14 August 7:42
A former Sun reporter has been cleared of plundering a stolen mobile phone for flirty texts and pictures between a PR woman and a well-known television personality.
By Dominic Ponsford 13 August 14:48
Questioned have been raised over whether tabloid reporting of the death of Robin Williams breached media guidelines aimed at preventing reports from inspiring copycat suicides.
By Dominic Ponsford 13 August 11:59
News UK chief executive Mike Darcey has pledged his support to “highly respected” Sun crime reporter Anthony France following the news that he is to face trial.
By PA Mediapoint 13 August 11:36
A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of an ex-Sun reporter accused of plundering a stolen mobile phone for flirty texts and pictures between a PR girl and a well-known television personality.
By Press Gazette 13 August 11:10
Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney, who is now living as a woman, has revealed how she had to threaten injunctions to stop a newspaper revealing her sex change.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 August 12:53
The Crown Prosecution Service today announced that Sun crime reporter Anthony France is to be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
By PA Mediapoint 08 August 16:49
Ben Ashford, 35, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of handling stolen property and accessing data on the woman's iPhone after it was stolen on a night out in Manchester in October 2009.
By James Hanning 08 August 9:47
Judging solely by the stories in the papers, it is easy to write off Mulcaire as a mere "chancer" who learned a few tricks and got over-promoted as a result. But his accomplishment at inveigling himself into people’s trust made him an ideal candidate to bring in news stories, to help feed a news machine rather than being just any old cog. Certainly he is extremely adept at what might candidly be called dishonesty.
By Press Gazette 08 August 8:39
Ben Ashford, 35, got hold of the woman's iPhone after her handbag was stolen during a night out at the Circle Club in Manchester in the early hours of 11 October 2009, the Old Bailey heard.

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