News: Leveson – Preliminary Hearing 4 October 2011, Counsel to the Inquiry’s Note

3 10 2011

The Leveson Inquiry has published a “Note Submitted by Counsel to the Inquiry” dealing with maters to be covered at the preliminary hearing on 4 October 2011.   This sets out an agenda for the hearing and identifies issues covering the future conduct of the inquiry.  Core participants were invited to add to the agenda and make submissions. Read the rest of this entry »


News: Watergate-Hackgate-Guardian debate – Martin Moore

3 10 2011
At the age of 67, almost 40 years after Watergate and 35 years after All the President’s Men, Carl Bernstein is still full of spark.  Speaking at the Guardian debate‘After Hacking: how can the press restore trust?’ – on 29 September 2011 he was happy to re-assert the parallels between ‘Hackgate’ and Watergate (first laid out in his piece for Newsweek), to lay into Murdoch for “a sensibility that corrupted a free institution” and to lament the “cultural breakdown” that led to the widespread illegal gathering of personal information. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 3 October 2011

3 10 2011

The “legal term” in England and Wales begins today – with the courts back in full session. In celebration we begin our round up with the law of privacy rather than phone hacking.  The most important decision in this area for some time was handed down on Thursday 29 September 2011.  This was the decision of Mr Justice Nicol in Ferdinand v Mirror Group Newspapers ([2011] EWHC 2454 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »