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 »





Harassment and Defamation: birthday present that went wrong, abusive websites and a theme park – Sara Mansoori

16 10 2014

BrandWhat do Russell Brand, the owner of Chessington World of Adventures and an anonymised partner of a law firm and a company director all have in common? They have all claimed to have been harassed and have sought anti-harassment injunctions over the summer. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Government announces new “revenge porn” legislation – Alexia Bedat

15 10 2014

revenge-porn-pink-methRevenge porn – the distribution of a private sexual image of someone without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress – will become a specific offence under the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (“the Bill”), currently going through Parliament.

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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 »








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