Law Commission: A sensible proposal for online recording of reporting restrictions – Judith Townend

18 04 2014

Law Commission reforming the lawAmid concerns over proposed changes to the Contempt of Act 1981, through the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which would introduce new statutory powers for the removal of online material*, it seems worth highlighting some separate recommendations on contempt and court reporting, published in late March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Paul Weller’s children win damages in Mail Online photographs privacy case

17 04 2014

DingemansIn a judgment handed down on 16 April 2014, Mr Justice Dingemans (pic) awarded Paul Weller’s three children a total of £10,000 damages for misuse of private information ([2014] EWHC 1163 (QB)).

The case arose out of seven paparazzi photos were published by Mail Online in October 2012 under the headline “A family day out: Paul Weller takes wife Hannah and his twin sons out for a spot of shopping in the hot LA sun“. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Sir Maurice Drake, former judge in charge of the jury list

17 04 2014

Sir Maurice DrakeSir Maurice Drake, the judge in charge of the jury list from 1991 to 1995, died on 6 April 2014, aged 91. There was an obituary in the Daily Telegraph on 9 April 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson, “Do his phone” not an instruction to hack a phone – Martin Hickman

16 04 2014

Andy_CoulsonDay 92, Part 2:  Andy Coulson’s instruction “Do his phone” was not an instruction to hack a phone, he told the Old Bailey today.

The former tabloid editor said that instead he was requesting a check of a reporter’s phone data to see if he was leaking the News of the World’s stories to rivals. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson listened to hacked Blunkett messages – Martin Hickman

16 04 2014

Andy CoulsonDay 92, Part 1:  Andy Coulson listened to tapes of hacked phone messages from a Cabinet minister to his lover, believed they were gross intrusions into their privacy, but decided to publish a story based on them anyway, because he felt it was in the public interest and he did not know that phone hacking was illegal, he told a jury today. Read the rest of this entry »

In its dying months, the PCC continues to massage the figures – Tom Rowland

16 04 2014

pccLast year the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) received 12,763 complaints, yet its published Monthly Complaint Summaries only record 5,940 cases dealt with – or about 46 per cent of the total.  So how it can claim that 80 per cent of complainants using its service are satisfied with the outcome? Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson, “I am not a bully”, trial hears – Martin Hickman

16 04 2014

CoulsonDay 91, Part 2:  Andy Coulson today denied a “bullying culture” took root at the News of the World under his editorship.

Giving evidence for a second day at the phone hacking trial, the editor-turned-Downing Street communications director said: “I am not a bully”. Read the rest of this entry »


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