Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks: The Sun had no written rules on payments to public officials – Martin Hickman

10 03 2014

SunDay 65:  The Sun under Rebekah Brooks’s editorship had no written rules controlling the payment of money to public officials, she told the phone hacking inquiry today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks on legitimate Sun Stories and turning down MPs’ Expenses – Martin Hickman

28 02 2014

sun-getcccctyDay 60: Stories for which the Sun paid a civil servant thousands of pounds could have come from a variety of legitimate sources rather than a public official, the paper’s former editor Rebekah Brooks said today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Police investigate Army officer over £4,000 picture of Prince William in The Sun – Martin Hickman

5 12 2013

sun-getcccctyDay 25: Detectives are carrying out a live investigation into whether a senior Army officer leaked a photograph of Prince William in a bikini to the Sun, the phone hacking trial heard today. An email from a Sun journalist discussing a payment of £4,000 for the image, taken at a fancy dress party while the prince was undergoing his military training, referred to it coming from “William’s direct platoon commander.” Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting the Phone Hacking Trial – the Sun takes the wooden spoon

17 11 2013

SunThe phone hacking trial has now been running since 30 October 2013.  The have been 14 days of hearings.  There has been extensive online coverage (helpfully summarised by #pressreform and David Banks).  How are national newspapers doing?  Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: The lies of the tabloid press reveal the need for accountability – Guy Taylor

15 11 2013

sun-getcccctyFirst, the crime. Journalists and editors wishing to make sensationalist headlines, playing lose with the facts and not bothering to even think things through let alone get their premise confirmed. So two reports state there are 600,000 economically inactive EU migrants living in the UK.  The EU, who commissioned the reports conclude there was relatively little to prove the significant impact of ‘benefit tourism’ which has been a premise for Government immigration policy. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun’s Poll about Press Regulation in Context – Media Standards Trust

21 10 2013

the-sun-poll-200x150On Wednesday The Sun published the results of a YouGov poll about press regulation. The newspaper claims [£] that their poll shows that the public has “deep reservations about politicians’ ‘Ministry of Truth’ plans for Press regulation.” Read the rest of this entry »





Hacking, Bribing and Unreasonable Bail: the Sun and Civil Liberties

1 10 2013

The SunIt is not often that a campaign by Liberty to protect the rights of criminal suspects gets favourable publicity in the Sun.  However, there is an article in today’s Sun headed Axe endless bail: Rights group calls for 6-month limit on police power.  It begins by telling readers that: Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: The Sun and Mail on Sunday, not fit to regulate themselves as they demand – Brian Cathcart

6 07 2013

Mail-on-Sunday-front-page-001SunAccording to the Sun and the Mail on Sunday, the right thing to do now is to shelve the Royal Charter approved by all parties in Parliament and allow the press to regulate themselves just as they like. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun gets PCC reprimand and publishes correction for misleading on European human rights – Adam Wagner

1 07 2013

bcv-h7pcmaa_lnq-large-2Remember Inhuman Rights, The Sun’s garbled reporting of this Court of Appeal decision on Criminal Record Bureau checks? In February, I wrote this: No, The Sun, the Human Rights Act is not the EU. My complaint was about the headline, which screamed “Now  EU could let fiends like him prey on your children“. This was obvious nonsense, since the judgment had nothing to do with the EU. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Operation Elveden, Sun Journalist and two others to be charged over alleged £17,000 payments for information

14 05 2013

sun-getcccctyThe Crown Prosecution Service have today announced that the Sun Whitehall editor, Clodagh Hartley and two others are to be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.  The information concerned details of unannounced spending and policy decisions relating to the 2010 Budget and the coalition government’s deficit reduction plans. Read the rest of this entry »








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