Law and Media Round Up – 20 October 2014

20 10 2014

New Round UpThe trial of six senior staff and journalists from the Sun began last week at the Kingston Crown Court.  There are nine counts on the indictment against the journalists: Chris Pharo, Jamie Pyatt, Graham Dudman, Ben O’Driscoll, Jamie Pyatt and John Troup. In addition, former Surrey police officer Simon Quinn is charged with misconduct in a public office. The full charges can be found here.   Read the rest of this entry »





Revenge Porn: It’s criminal … except when it makes a good front page – Joan Smith

19 10 2014

The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The NewstandsAt the beginning of October, The Sun launched a campaign against what has become known as ‘revenge porn’. A number of famous people have been victims of the practice, which consists of a former partner publishing intimate material without their ex’s permission. Read the rest of this entry »





Addressing the Democratic Deficit in Local News through Positive Plurality – Media Standards Trust

18 10 2014

Positive_Plurality_cover-e1412775000170On 9 October 2014, the Media Standards Report published a new report entitled Addressing the Democratic Deficit in Local News through Positive Plurality Or, why we need a UK alternative of the Knight News Challenge [pdf]   Read the rest of this entry »





Two years after the Leveson Inquiry, why are the UK government’s dealings with the media still shrouded in secrecy? – Justin Schlosberg

17 10 2014

David Cameron at Leveson inquirtyIn 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal unfolded, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a new era of transparency in the government’s dealings with the media. All meetings between senior government and media figures were to be recorded and published on a quarterly basis and a major public inquiry was launched – partly with a focus on the relationship between press and politicians. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 13 October 2014

13 10 2014

weekly roundupWe begin with two interesting judgments which were handed down this week, one by the High Court and one by the Court of Appeal, following hearings last term and in the summer legal vacation. Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency of media ownership: a first step towards media plurality measures? – Emma Goodman

10 10 2014

transparencyThe new report, written by Rachael Craufurd Smith and Yolande Stolte, presents the results of a project byAccess Info Europe and the Open Society Program on Independent Journalism that surveyed of media ownership transparency rules in 20 EU and neighbouring countries in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »





Would the paisley pyjamas sting stand up in court? – Nicholas Robin

8 10 2014

brooks-newmark-mirror-frontpageThe Sunday Mirror’s use of a fake Twitter account to trick an MP into sending ‘selfies’ of himself in bed has raised renewed questions about whether journalists are justified in using entrapment in the public interest. The paper’s editor, Alison Phillips, has strongly defended the sting as being in the public interest. Read the rest of this entry »








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