Law and Media Round Up – 15 December 2014

15 12 2014

Weekly Round Up 2The legal term ends on Friday 19 December 2014 and this is our last Round Up of the year.  The last month has been the busiest ever on the blog and we would like to thank all our readers. It was also a busy week in the higher courts: there were three media law cases in the Court of Appeal and one interesting decision from the Supreme Court.

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Mazher Mahmood: Just Like Phone Hacking, the Met Narrows the Investigation – Bellingcat

13 12 2014

Mazher-Mahmood-010Metropolitan police’s Operation Silverhawk, an investigation into Sun on Sunday’s Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood is being led by Commander Martin Hewitt – who was one of the senior investigators in Operation Varec which was part of John Yates discredited investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s that lurking in the bushes outside A and E? It’s the Daily Mail! – Michelle Gribbon

12 12 2014

St-Georges-Hospital-sign-2A photographer working for the Daily Mail turned up at St George’s Hospital in South London on Friday night with a telescopic lens hoping to take pictures of drunk party goers. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 8 December 2014

8 12 2014

weeklynews1The most entertaining media legal story of the week concerns the attack by the Sun on Russell Brand and his subsequent threat to sue them for libel.  We had a post on this story. The case has a number of remarkable features.

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Sun Six Trial: Sun Executive in charge of cash for sources did not know how often payments made to public officials – Martin Hickman

2 12 2014

Graham DudmanThe Sun executive in charge of doling out cash to reporters for their sources today said he did not know how often payments were made to public officials. Giving evidence at The Sun Six trial, Mr Dudman told the court that on rare occasions The Sun did pay officials for information but said he did not know how much cash went to them, saying: “I don’t have the paperwork.” Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 1 December 2014

1 12 2014

weekly-news-roundup4The media law news this week was dominated by the ruling of Mr Justice Mitting in the “Plebgate” libel trial.  After a hearing of 8 days (as opposed to the 12 days originally ordered) the judge reserved judgment overnight and delivered it at 2.00pm on Thursday 27 November 2014. A transcript of the ruling is available on Bailii, Mitchell v NGN [2014] EWHC 4014 (QB).  We had a post about the media coverage of the judgment.

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Law and Media Round Up – 24 November 2014

24 11 2014

Media and Law Round Up 2The “Plebgate” libel trial began on Monday 17 November 2014 before Mr Justice Mitting in Court 13 at the Royal Courts of Justice. We had a widely read case preview last week. Read the rest of this entry »


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