Phone Hacking: Former Mirror and NoTW journalist Dan Evans receives suspended sentence

24 07 2014

Dan EvansThe former Sunday Mirror and News of the World journalist Dan Evans was, today, sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for one year. Mr Evans had pleaded guilty to two phone hacking offences, misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice by lying in a civil claim brought by Kelly Hoppen. 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 »





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 »





Did nobody really know that phone hacking was illegal? – Chris Brace

8 07 2014

PhoneIn last week’s mitigation by Timothy Langdale QC on behalf of Andy Coulson, it was said that nobody realised that phone hacking was illegal. The implication has been that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (“RIPA”) and the Computer Misuse act were some pieces of law, that nobody realised would actually apply to journalists. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Coulson, Miskiw, Mulcaire, Thurlbeck and Weatherup are sentenced and the press reaction

6 07 2014

Coulson Old BaileyThe final act of the long running Phone Hacking Trial took place on Friday 4 July 2014 at the Central Criminal Court when Mr Justice Saunders passed sentenced on Andy Coulson and on the four defendants who had previously pleaded guilty to offences relating to the interception of voicemails. Read the rest of this entry »





Not the end of the hacking story- Malcolm Dean

5 07 2014

malcolm-d-198x256Contrary to tabloid assertions that the hacking scandal is now over following yesterday’s sentences on Andy Coulson, former Editor of News of the World, and four other members of that stable, some 59 people still face trials for making or receiving corrupt payments for confidential information. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Neville Thurlbeck: NOTW phone hacking sanctioned by Stuart Kuttner and three other executives – Martin Hickman

1 07 2014

Neville ThurlbeckPhone hacking at the News of the World was sanctioned by managing editor Stuart Kuttner and three other top executives at Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper group, one of its most senior journalists told a court yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking: Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman to face re-trial – Martin Hickman

30 06 2014

coulsongoodmanAndy Coulson, former award-winning editor of the News of the World, is to face a re-trial over allegations he approved cash bribes to “palace cops” to obtain copies of phone directories for the Royal Family, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: A Hacking Alphabet – Emily Penink

30 06 2014

2014-02-24During the eight months of the Phone Hacking Trial there were many interesting and entertaining moments and nuggets of information about the defendants and their newspapers were made public. Emily Penink of the Press Association has gathered twenty six of them into an A-Z of some memorable moments in the hacking trial. Read the rest of this entry »





The Meaning of the Hacking Trial, a free press would be a really good idea – Des Freedman

27 06 2014

Press on SaleWhen asked what he thought of western civilisation, the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi replied that ‘I think it would be a great idea’. The verdicts handed down from the phone hacking trial together with the information contained during the eight months at the Old Bailey suggest pretty much the same thing. We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now. Read the rest of this entry »








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