Media law

By William Turvill 04 August 14:39
Police Scotland is facing accusations that it is one of two police forces to have unlawfully accessed phone records to find journalistic sources since March.
By PA Media Lawyer 04 August 13:23
Over and over again the popular press had "peddled false stories, gleefully and irresponsibly then taken up by politicians," Michael Zander, Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics, said in an article in the New Law Journal.
By William Turvill 04 August 9:19
A new charity promising funding for a Leveson-compliant press regulator has launched.
By Christopher Hutchings 04 August 8:41

The dramatic rise in issued claims for defamation, in particular litigation concerning online publications, might – on the face of the statistics – suggest that the eagerly-anticipated Defamation Act 2013 has already failed in its objective of pro

By William Turvill 03 August 12:56
The total cost to the Crown Prosecution Service of pursuing phone-hacking cases against journalists now totals more than £1.2m.
By William Turvill 03 August 11:52
The newspaper revealed yesterday that a whistleblower had provided it - along with German broadcaster ARD/WDR - with data from the "biggest leak of blood-test data in sporting history".
By William Turvill 31 July 15:56
The chief executive of News UK Mike Darcey has asked the Press Recognition Panel not to consider applications from potential press regulators with no members.
By PA Media Lawyer 30 July 11:58
Coverage of businessman Edward Ware's activities by journalist John McAllister started as a legitimate exercise in public interest journalism, but could now no longer be justified as freedom of expression, said Judge Patrick Moloney QC, sitting in the High Court on 24 July.
By Dominic Ponsford 28 July 19:10
Founder board member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation Bill Newman has been sacked from the body - apparently because he used to work for The Sun.
By Rushabh Haria and William Turvill 28 July 15:15
Four years after the launch of Operation Elveden, the number of public officials convicted of misconduct in public office stands at 26. A further seven out of the original 80 who were arrested are still awaiting trial, while four have been acquitted.
By Dominic Ponsford 28 July 15:05
The shameful way News UK, and more recently Trinity Mirror, have thrown sources to the wolves under Operation Elveden casts a shadow over the reputation of British journalism.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 July 11:06
The Sunday Times is facing a seven-day libel trial after being sued by former Conservative MP Tim Yeo over its undercover lobbying sting.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 July 10:30
District Judge Gareth Branston, sitting at Stratford Magistrates Court in east London, dismissed objections from a barrister representing one of the fans.
By PA Mediapoint 22 July 17:02
Former Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson (pictured, Reuters) has been ordered to pay £150,000 towards the costs of the marathon hacking trial.
By PA Media Lawyer 22 July 16:26
Solicitor Lawrence Abramson, the man hired by News International - now News UK - to look through emails for evidence that staff knew about phone-hacking has been fined £20,000 for unprofessional behaviour.
By William Turvill 22 July 10:27
Like Press Gazette, Matt Burgess, the author of a book on FoI, asked the Met to disclose the information it had given to the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office for its inquiry into police spying on journalists' phone records under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
By William Turvill 22 July 9:55
A judge has granted the Metropolitan Police access to a journalist's phone records without their knowledge since the Save Our Sources stop-gap law was passed, a court heard today.
By PA Mediapoint 21 July 12:45
Police and prosecutors were wrong to treat an investigative journalist who exposed a drug-taking doctor as a suspect and interview him under caution, the Crown prosecution Service has said.
By William Turvill 21 July 7:44
The Met Police made a series of errors in secret applications to view the phone records of Sun journalists and showed a complete failure to consider issues around the confidentiality of sources, a court heard.
By William Turvill and Press Association 20 July 15:34
Journalists have launched a court fight after complaining about the way police identified ''confidential'' sources.

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