Law and Media Round Up – 28 July 2014

28 07 2014

Round New 2On Monday 21 July 2014, the trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos collapsed after the judge had ruled that it was likely that the Sun’s well known ex-News of the World investigative reporter, the “Fake Sheikh”, Mazher Mahmood, had attempted to persuade a witness to change his evidence and had then lied about it under oath. The full text of the Judge’s ruling can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking, So they think it’s all over – Julian Petley

24 07 2014

Phone Hacking VerdictsEntirely predictably, the verdicts in the hacking trial were taken by most British papers as confirmation that the whole three-year process from the Leveson Inquiry to Scotland Yard’s Operation Weeting to the trial itself had been both a colossal waste of public funds and a draconian threat to press freedom. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 21 July 2014

21 07 2014

Weekly Round UPOn 15 July 2014, Mr Justice Nicol handed down judgment assessing libel damages in the case of Kadir v Channel S ([2014] EWHC 2305 (QB)).  The claim concerned a broadcast in Bengali which alleged reasonable suspicions of fraud and an evasive response to those allegations to an estimated 3,500 viewers in the UK.  Damages were assessed  in the sum of £20,000 for each of the two claimants. Read the rest of this entry »





How Daily Mail Editorial Standards are still Falling Through the Floor – Tom Rowland

18 07 2014

daily-mailI totally disagree with George Clooney about The Daily Mail” the comedian John Cleese tweeted, “They are much, much worse than that.” As has now been widely reported Clooney condemned The Daily Mail after it wrongly claimed that the mother of his Lebanese fiancée objected to their wedding on religious grounds. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 14 July 2014

14 07 2014

weekly-roundupThe most high profile media story of the week was that concerning the actor George Clooney and the Daily Mail.  He wrote a piece in USA Today criticising what he calls “a completely fabricated story” in the Daily Mail about his mother-in-law to be and her alleged opposition to him marrying her daughter. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa: The Oscar Trial and the curious case of the media orders – Dario Milo and Stuart Scott

13 07 2014

judge-oscarIn an article we wrote recently for Sunday Times we briefly touched on three orders relating to the media that we suggest were incorrectly made by Judge Masipa during the Oscar Pistorius trial (for more detail on the first two orders see the earlier post on broadcasting the Oscar trial). Read the rest of this entry »





Revealed: 10 Police Inquiries into Illegal Data Techniques – Martin Hickman

12 07 2014

Press and PoliceMore than 100 Scotland Yard detectives are investigating allegations of hacking, bribery and other crime by British newspaper journalists, official figures reveal. New Metropolitan Police statistics show that 46 police officers are still looking into phone hacking, while a further 53 police are inquiring into payments by tabloids to police and other public officials. Read the rest of this entry »





The Clock is Ticking for IPSO, UK’s New Press Regulator – Damian Tambini

10 07 2014

Sir Alan MosesJournalists have been imprisoned in the UK in the past weeks and more are to be sentenced. This is a sombre moment, and one in which it would be hoped that the newspaper industry and civil society might resolve to reach a new settlement  to prevent such a mess occurring again in the future. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Lessons from the ‘Media Trial of the Century’ – Granville Williams

9 07 2014

News-International-007After eight months of sensational revelations during the phone-hacking trial we have at least three devastating insights into the operations of the UK arm of a global media group, but also the revelations highlight broader policy concerns about what to do in the future to constrain the abuse of power demonstrated by Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper group. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 7 July 2014

7 07 2014

weekly-round-up-140x80On Monday 30 June 2014, Mr Justice Saunders heard mitigation on behalf the four defendants who had pleaded guilty.  On the same day, the CPS announced that it would seek a re-trial of Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman on the two charges about which the jury could not agree. Read the rest of this entry »








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