Media law

By Court News UK 27 November 10:46
Ben O'Driscoll told a court he took the young female reporter's claims "with a pinch of salt" and did not think she had a police officer contact.
By PA Media Lawyer 27 November 9:54
The story headlined "MMR families sue their legal aid lawyers" reported on 26 June that Hodge Jones and Allen LLP was being sued by Matthew McCafferty, the High Court was told.
By Dominic Ponsford 26 November 19:48
The criminal charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office used against journalists paying for stories is a new one for UK courts.
By Court News UK 26 November 15:24

Unprintable tales of explosive scandals involving politicians and celebrities were stored in a "Wild West-style" safe in the Sun's newsroom if they could not be used, a court heard.

By Press Gazette 25 November 12:28
The jury has retired to consider verdicts in the trial of a Sun reporter accused of plotting with a Government press officer over a string of leaks to the newspaper, including details of Alistair Darling's 2010 budget.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 November 10:19
A police officer contacted the Sun about footballer John Terry's mother and mother-in-law being arrested for shoplifting £1,450-worth of goods because he could not understand why they had not been charged, a court was told yesterday.
By PA Mediapoint 25 November 10:08
A police officer who accompanied former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell on two foreign trips has told the High Court that the MP was "unpleasant until he got what he wanted".
By Dominic Ponsford 24 November 15:29
Vitriolic media coverage which portrayed Rebekah Brook as a “figure of hate” made it impossible for her to receive a fair trial, her lawyer Angus McBride has alleged.
By Court News UK 24 November 15:15
Jamie Pyatt, 51, said payments to police officers and other public officials were common knowledge among journalists and senior editors at the daily tabloid.
By Court News UK 24 November 10:37
Jamie Pyatt, 51, who is accused of of paying public officials for confidential information at The Sun between 2002 and 2011, described his 2011 arrest as "awkward" and "distressing".
By William Turvill 24 November 9:36
Six journalists last week launched a legal challenge after they found, through subject access requests under the Data Protection Act, surveillance information about them on the Met's “National Domestic Extremism” database.
By PA Mediapoint 21 November 10:45
The former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications boss left Hollesley Bay, an open prison in Suffolk, this morning.
By Dominic Ponsford 21 November 8:18
The Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers to appeal in a case in which it was ordered to pay £65,000 in libel damages to a management consultant it alleged had won a contract with the Metropolitan Police through cronyism.
By PA Media Lawyer 21 November 7:44

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to give young people caught up in legal proceedings, including victims and witnesses, lifelong anonymity.

By PA Mediapoint 20 November 17:24
Gillian Weatherley, who was dismissed for gross misconduct in April after a disciplinary panel found her to be a "thoroughly dishonest and incredible witness", was on duty on the Downing Street gates in September 2012 when Mitchell tried to cycle through.
By PA Media Lawyer 20 November 16:49
Brian Aitken pleaded guilty to a charge of having breached the order in a report which appeared in the newspaper in May last year.
By Court News UK 20 November 14:25
The freedom of the press is at stake after a Sun reporter was dragged through the courts for “doing her job”, the Old Bailey heard today.
By Court News UK 20 November 14:07
Jamie Pyatt, 51, the newspaper's Thames Valley district reporter, said a succession of sixth form pupils sold him tales of the latest scandal from the private boarding school.
By Court News UK 20 November 10:08
The trial of a reporter accused of paying a government official for stories 'is not about The Sun newspaper as an institution', the Old Bailey heard.
By Court News UK 20 November 9:54
Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt told Kingston Crown Court said Sun reporters routinely fiddled their expenses as compensation for working long hours in a tough environment.

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