Hacked Off: RIPA, Phone Hacking and Press Double Standards

29 10 2014

PoliceThe press have come together to present a united front following revelations that police have been accessing journalists’ phone records under provisions in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). The unanimous condemnation is in stark contrast to the censorial press coverage of the phone hacking scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





The Times, Police Hacking and the Loophole that never was – Evan Harris

22 10 2014

The_Times_20_10_2014On 20 October 2014 The Times had an alarming front page story with the headline “Police use loophole to hack phones and email” [£]. It was said that the police were “hacking” into hundreds of people’s voicemails, text messages and emails, using a “loophole” in surveillance laws. The complaint was that, instead of obtaining a warrant from the Home Secretary, the police were “getting round the rules” – by obtaining a production order from a Judge. Read the rest of this entry »





RIPA, Caryatid, and the News of the World Newsdesk – The Regular Contributor

14 10 2014

News-of-the-World-006The current press outrage about police using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) makes for interesting debate. Many are surprised. But it isn’t a new police tactic. It was used at least as far back as Operation Caryatid – the original MPS investigation into phone hacking by Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Phone Hacking, former NoW news editor Ian Edmondson finally pleads guilty

3 10 2014

Ian EdmondsonThe former News of the World News Editor, Ian Edmondson today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to intercept voicemails between 3 October 2000 and 9 August 2006. Mr Edmondson had pleaded not guilty to this charge on 6 June 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Trinity Mirror finally admits what we all knew, but will it change anything? – Brian Cathcart

25 09 2014

TrinityMirrorPerhaps the sleaziest aspect of Trinity Mirror’s phone hacking confession is the emphasis placed on the idea that the offences took place ‘many years ago’. For while it is true that we have had to wait years for confirmation that reporters at the company’s papers broke the law in this way, that delay was in large measure the fault of the company’s management. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Mirror Group admits liability in phone hacking cases

24 09 2014

Mirror GroupTrinity Mirror has announced that its subsidiary MGN Limited has admitted liability to four individuals who had sued over allegations of interception of voicemails.  MGN has apologised to those individuals and agreed to pay compensation.  It has also confirmed that six other voicemail interception claims have already been settled. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: “Hack Attack”, The alliance of silence – Julian Petley

14 09 2014

Nick-Davies-giving-eviden-007According to most  British newspapers, the Leveson Inquiry was a complete waste of time and money, based on the false premise that in 2002  News of the World employees deleted messages on Milly Dowler’s phone  by hacking into it, thereby cruelly giving her parents the impression that she was still alive. Read the rest of this entry »








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