Media law

By William Turvill 02 March 10:42
The publisher set aside £12m for legal costs associated “historic legal issues”, including phone-hacking, last year, and it said today there is “present uncertainty” about how much this could cost in the future.
By Press Gazette 02 March 8:46
A hearing to decide the amount of compensation to be awarded in civil phone-hacking claims brought against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) is due to start at the High Court today. Eight representative cases, none of which have settled, will be considered by Mr Justice Mann in London. They concern TV executive Alan Yentob, actress Sadie Frost, ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne, soap stars Lucy Taggart, Shane Richie and Shobna Gulati, flight attendant Lauren Alcorn and TV producer Robert Ashworth.
By William Turvill 27 February 16:20
The Metropolitan Police has said it is "disappointing" that journalists continue to make Freedom of Information requests on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act against news organisations.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 27 February 12:35
Guido Fawkes has been accused of “working collectively” with Press Gazette after attempting to find out, under the Freedom of Information Act, whether its staff’s telephone records had been secretly obtained by the Metropolitan Police under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
By Press Gazette 27 February 9:36
Last week the Government promised that as an interim measure it would require police forces to use the procedure under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) in order to acquire journalists’ phone records.
By PA Mediapoint 26 February 11:40

Three Al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested in Paris for illegally flying a drone.

By PA Mediapoint 26 February 8:48
An official at a Serco-run immigration centre justified leaking stories to The Sun by claiming the company turned a "blind eye" to corruption as colleagues drove around in Bentleys and Ferraris, a court heard. Mark Blake is alleged to have conspired, while he was employed as a detention custody officer at Colnbrook secure immigration removal centre, to commit misconduct with Sun journalist Tom Wells.
By PA Mediapoint and Press Gazette 25 February 17:17
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman said today her party would have a mandate to "follow through on Leveson" if it won the general election in May.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 February 10:29
The case was the first in which the court had dealt with the use by journalists of hidden cameras to provide public information on a subject of general interest, when the person filmed was targeted not in any personal capacity but as a representative of a particular professional category.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 February 14:00
The Independent Press Standards Organisation has called for evidence from the Telegraph and others on allegations that the title has allowed commercial considerations to influence editorial.
By William Turvill 24 February 9:05
A former Conservative local council candidate has taken the United Kingdom to the European Court of Human Rights after he was blocked from suing Google over defamatory claims made on a blog.
By PA Mediapoint 24 February 8:46
The former Downing Street director of communications, 47, is accused of committing perjury in the 2010 trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan.
By William Turvill 23 February 14:58
On Friday, Press Gazette declared victory in the Save Our Sources campaign when it emerged that the Government is to rush through interim measures to stop police viewing journalists' phone records without the oversight of a judge.
By PA Mediapoint 23 February 8:44
Duncan Larcombe (pictured, Reuters), 39, is accused over his dealings with Sandhurst instructor John Hardy who was allegedly paid more than £23,700 for providing information on the princes and others on 34 occasions.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 February 18:59
The Government is to rush through interim measures to stop police viewing journalists' phone records without judicial oversight in a move that signals victory for the Press Gazette Save Our Sources campaign.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 February 16:29
The first lay members have been appointed to the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee which writes the Editors’ Code.
By PA Media Lawyer 20 February 8:39
Duncan Larcombe is on trial over his dealings with then Colour Sergeant John Hardy who was allegedly paid more than £23,700 for providing information on the princes and others on 34 occasions.
By Dominic Ponsford 19 February 10:01
The CPS has declined to prosecute the conwoman exposed by a reporter after police upheld a harassment complaint against him.
By PA Media Lawyer 19 February 10:01
Sky News journalist Martin Brunt has been called to give evidence at the inquest next month into the death last October of 63-year-old mother-of-two Brenda Leyland.
By Dominic Ponsford 18 February 9:21
Home Secretary Theresa May did not rule out Government backing for the Save Our Sources legal amendment when it goes before Parliament on Monday.

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