Sun Six Trial: Nobody at the Sun queried payments to public officials, court told – Martin Hickman

24 11 2014

Kingston Crown CourtNobody at The Sun queried payments being made to public officials, a Sun reporter, Jamie Pyatt, told a court today. Cross-examined at The Sun Six trial, Mr Pyatt agreed that it was common knowledge inside Britain’s biggest newspaper that it handed cash to public officials in return for supplying information. Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: Judge tells the jury they have to decide if payments to a civil servant were in the public interest

24 11 2014

Clodagh-HartleyAn Old Bailey judge told a jury today they had to decide if a journalist paying a civil servant for information was in the public interest or a commercially driven “corrupt relationship,” noting that: “the fact that a journalist thought a story was in the public interest is not a defence to this charge.” Read the rest of this entry »





HMRC Leak Trial: “Money no object for the Sun”, court hears

31 10 2014

sun-getcccctyAn HMRC source paid over £17,000 for confidential information by a Sun journalist claimed to have received a full copy of the budget. The prosecution told the jury that it was a “grubby relationship based on greed”.

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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 »





“Innocent until proven guilty”, Murder in Thailand in the Sun and the Mirror – Michelle Gribbon

20 09 2014

The-Sun-Tues-Sep-16“Innocent until proven guilty” – the fundamental legal and human rights principle applying to citizens in modern liberal democracies. But not a right extended by The Sun and The Daily Mirror to the friends of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller whose bodies were found on the Thai island of Koh Tao on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun’s aggressive, then submissive, response to my complaint on its human rights reporting – Adam Wagner

17 09 2014

Sun CorrectionThe Sun have printed another correction today in relation to its misleading human rights reporting. The correction, on page 2, can be read online or to the right of this post.

The correction was the outcome of a complaint I made about this article – I posted on it here. The main part of the correction relates to the entirely false claim that “The European Court stopped a British judge imposing a whole-life tariff on Ian McLoughlin”.  Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun just keeps getting it wrong on human rights – Adam Wagner

6 08 2014

sun-wrong-againWith the May 2015 General Election looming, the battle for the future of human rights in the UK is hotting up. The Prime Minister has just sacked his long-standing Attorney General apparently because he disagreed with a mooted Tory manifesto policy which would, he rightly suggested, breach the UK’s international law obligations. Read the rest of this entry »








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