Sun Six Trial: Defence speech, some stories from public officials so trivial jury should acquit – Martin Hickman

16 12 2014

Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt arrives at court in LondonSome stories published by The Sun as a result payments to public officials were so trivial that jurors should acquit the reporter who wrote them, his lawyer said today. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Libel Claims in 2014, a small decline in numbers – Olivia O’Kane

16 12 2014

Northern IrelandIn the period 1 January to 31 October 2014 there were a total of 20 libel claims issued in Northern Ireland.  This suggests an annual total of around 26 claims and is a small decrease from the 30 claims in 2013, and the 32 in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Defence attacks News International as an unreliable “copper’s nark” – Martin Hickman

15 12 2014

Police News InternationalBritain’s biggest newspaper group fed “misleading” and “incomplete” evidence to detectives about bribery of public officials including supplying barely any documents from its former chief executive Rebekah Brooks, a lawyer for a Sun journalist told the court today. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: The Sun bought everyone who might make an interesting story with “wheelbarrows of cash”, prosecution tells jury – Martin Hickman

15 12 2014

The SunThe Sun bought everyone who might make an interesting story with “wheelbarrows of cash,” including public officials, the Crown’s lead prosecutor told the paper’s corruption trial today. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 15 December 2014

15 12 2014

Weekly Round Up 2The legal term ends on Friday 19 December 2014 and this is our last Round Up of the year.  The last month has been the busiest ever on the blog and we would like to thank all our readers. It was also a busy week in the higher courts: there were three media law cases in the Court of Appeal and one interesting decision from the Supreme Court.

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Sun Six Trial: A journalist’s belief that they acted in the public interest by paying an official is not a defence, says judge – Martin Hickman

14 12 2014

A picture taken on February 26, 2012 inA journalist’s belief that they acted in the public interest by paying a public official for information does not protect them from the criminal law, a judge said on Friday when giving the jury legal directions in the Sun Six Trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Google Spain, the missing link: where do third parties stand in the “right to be forgotten”? – Stacie Walsh

14 12 2014

s560x316_Right_to_be_forgottenOn 26 November 2014 the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (“29WP”) published its guidelines for implementing the “right to be forgotten.” The thirteen guidelines, while not legally binding, are to be used by search engines and Data Protection Authorities when evaluating petitions from individuals to de-link online content that appears when searching for their name.  There are three major areas of concern: notification, relinking, and international borders. Read the rest of this entry »








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