Opinion: “Official secrets and the powerful disinfectant” – Adam Wagner

19 09 2011

When considering the Metropolitan Police’s attempt to force a Guardian journalist to disclose her source, it is worth revisiting the seminal case of R v Shayler [2002] UKHL 11. The case, which arose shortly after the Human Rights Act came into force, shows how heavily stacked the law is against those accused of causing to leak state secrets, but may also reveal some limited hope for journalists too. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 19 September 2011

19 09 2011

The most striking phone hacking story of the week concerns the application by the Metropolitan Police for orders under PACE requiring the “Guardian” to disclose its sources for various phone hacking stories.  This was reported in the “Guardian” on Friday and has attracted understandable and widespread concern – from the “Daily Telegraph” to Hugh Grant at the Lib Dem conference.   However, the “Independent” reports that the Met is “ready to fight” on this issue. Read the rest of this entry »