Case Law: Various Claimants v MGN, Judge orders Mirror Group to give phone hacking “generic disclosure”

11 11 2014

Mirror GroupOn 28 October 2014.  Mr Justice Mann, the judge managing the Mirror Group phone hacking litigation, handed down a judgment dealing with the disclosure being sought by the claimants from MGN (Various Claimants v MGN [2014] EWHC 3655 (Ch)). He ordered MGN to give “generic disclosure” in relation to phone hacking – that is documents going to the general practices of phone hacking at Mirror Group newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »





Mazher Mahmood, Murdoch, and the NCA – The Regular Contributor

10 11 2014

fakesheikh-230x150‘Why don’t the police chase proper criminals instead?’‘They should be out catching paedos and looking at dodgy blue chip firms not journalists just doing their job’ Paraphrasing an often heard criticism, the view is that police priorities are all skewed. And they’ve got a good point. Read the rest of this entry »





Murdoch’s Corporate Governance: The Problem with Mazher Mahmood for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, & Victoria Newton – Joe Public

9 11 2014

Coulson and BrooksWhile News Corp. lawyers have censored the BBC broadcasting a Panorama exposure of their notorious undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood for a week, there will be far more worrying questions regarding corporate governance at News Corp – parent company of News UK – despite assurances post Leveson from the company; “News Corp’s Board of Directors and management are committed to strong corporate governance and sound business practices.” Read the rest of this entry »





News: Another News of the World Journalist convicted and Ian Edmondson sentenced [Updated]

8 11 2014

Ian EdmondsonYesterday saw two important developments on the criminal prosecutions of former News of the World employees. First, it was disclosed that on Wednesday 5 November 2014, a former News of the World journalist (who cannot be named for legal reasons) had been found guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone hacking, corruption and remedies – Steven Heffer

7 11 2014

News of the World Final Edition

In April 2011 the News of the World (NOTW) admitted being responsible for intercepting the voicemails of many individuals using the services of a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, before his arrest in 2006. There had already been some civil actions seeking damages for misuse of private information and many more were to follow. The newspaper was shut down in July 2011. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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