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By Press Gazette 30 September 16:45
Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation Sir Alan Moses said subterfuge should only be used as a "last resort" as a means of discovering evidence which the newspaper already suspected existed.
By Dominic Ponsford 30 September 13:47
“That someone is unquestionably a nice guy is not a defence”, said prosecutor Peter Wright QC has he began his closing speech in the trial of Sun journalist Vince Soodin. The newspaper’s online news editor, 39, is charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and it is alleged that he paid a police officer £500 for information about a fox attacking a child in Brighton.
By PA Mediapoint 30 September 10:00

It is for the new press regulator to decide whether a newspaper "sting" operation that forced a minister to resign in a sex scandal was legitimate, David Cameron has said.

By Dominic Ponsford 30 September 8:38
Sunday Mirror editor in chief Lloyd Embley has apologised for the use of photos of women without their permission in a ‘sexting’ sting which prompted the resignaton of a Conservative minister.
By Press Gazette 30 September 8:14
Islamic extremists have released another propaganda video appearing to feature British journalist John Cantlie.
By William Turvill 29 September 17:42
A Sun reporter told the Old Bailey “these are dark times for the British press” while defending himself against the allegation of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying a Sussex Police sergeant £500 for a story tip. Vince Soodin, 39, denied “cultivating” James Bowes, who he described as The Sun’s rather than his own source.
By William Turvill and Press Association 29 September 15:38
A Sun reporter has told how he turned down a story from a police source who claimed a colleague was a user of an app which connects gay and bi-sexual men. Vince Soodin, 39, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying Sussex Police Sergeant James Bowes £500 for a story tip. The court heard how Soodin arranged for Bowes to be paid by The Sun in exchange for a tip about a fox attacking a three-year-old boy at a school in Brighton, which Soodin said was in the public interest.
By PA Medialawyer and Press Gazette 29 September 10:14
The High Court has ruled that a former lawyer for The Times recklessly rather than knowingly allowed the court to be misled in the Nightjack case.
By Dominic Ponsford 29 September 9:04
Sunday Mirror editor in chief Lloyd Embley has said there was a “nailed on public interest” to its story yesterday revealing that a married Tory minister had exchanged lewd online messages with a journalist posing as a PR girl.
By William Turvill 29 September 8:59
The group, which publishes the Herald, the Evening Times, the Sunday Herald and the Scottish Farmer, reports that pre-tax profits were at £9.2m in the year to 29 December, down from £12m the year before.
By William Turvill 26 September 14:45
Earlier this year, a frightened public sector worker who had leaked a story to the press which was undoubtedly in the public interest called Press Gazette to ask if they were in danger of being arrested under Operation Elveden.
By PA Mediapoint 26 September 14:29
A Sun reporter today denied plotting with a corrupt police officer when he sent a "stock" reply to a tip sent to the tabloid about a fox attack.
By PA Media Lawyer 26 September 11:37
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (pictured, Reuters) and actor Christopher Eccleston have settled their phone-hacking damages claims for £30,000 each.
By Dominic Ponsford 26 September 9:31
Efforts to counter the lack of economic and ethnic diversity in journalism were recognised at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House yesterday as the boradcaster hosted recipients of the NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund
By William Turvill 25 September 15:30
The Scotsman website reported record web traffic and a print circulation rise of 25 per cent as a result of its referendum coverage last week.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 September 14:55
She wanted a judge to order Closer magazine to disclose the name of the source, claiming that information relating to her had been leaked.
By PA Media Lawyer 25 September 14:47
A former British Army employee is the latest person to be arrested over Scotland Yard's long-running inquiry into the alleged corruption of public officials.
By Dominic Ponsford 25 September 11:03
Mail Online has plans to charge brands £65,000 for a single sponsored article in the UK.
By William Turvill 25 September 8:46
News Corp claims it has reached a settlement with Mail Online over alleged breach of copyright in Australia.
By William Turvill 24 September 17:06
The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police refused to answer questions about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act being used to spy on journalists today.

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