Phone Hacking Trial Report: Coulson-Brooks affair assists Crown’s conspiracy claim – Martin Hickman

31 10 2013

Coulson BrooksThe News of the World ordered the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone on the same day it sympathised with her distraught parents’ anguish, the phone hacking trial heard today. Milly went missing near her home in Walton on Thames, Surrey, in March 2002, sparking a large public police investigation and a parallel, covert one at the News of the World, the Old Bailey was told. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time for the newspaper bosses to listen – Brian Cathcart

31 10 2013

Newspaper standHacked Off has pointed out many times recently that the big newspaper groups are isolated and in denial. One of the most striking aspects of their present position is that there seems to be nobody to whom they will listen. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation debate: Royal charter and Legal Framework are not how to curb excess – Helen Anthony

31 10 2013

NewspapersAs the debate surrounding press regulation focuses once more on the details of a royal charter, with the industry having failed in its judicial review, broader concerns about the post-Leveson regulatory framework, and its impact on freedom of expression, persist. Read the rest of this entry »





Public Service Broadcasting in the Age of the “Meerkat” – Damian Tambini

31 10 2013

MeerkatsAround the world the audience and revenue figures do not show as precipitous a crisis of public service broadcasting as you might think. Licence fee funding – like subscription – has been rather robust in recent years compared to volatile alternatives such as advertising. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial Report: Brooks and Coulson would have known about phone hacking at NoTW, jury is told – Martin Hickman

30 10 2013

Rebekah Brooks personally approved payment of almost £40,000 to a civil servant in return for information, the phone hacking trial heard today. Mrs Brooks was editing the Sun newspaper when the payments were made to the official, Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, told the jury. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court rejects PressBoF’s application for a Royal Charter injunction [Updated]

30 10 2013

Royal CourtsThe application by PressBoF for an injunction to restrain the consideration by the Privy Council of the Cross-Party Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf] was dismissed today after a hearing before Richards LJ and Sales J.   The Court also refused PressBoF permission to apply for judicial review of the Privy Council’s rejection of its proposed Royal Charter on the basis that there was no arguable case. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s volte-face: its changing stance on videos showing graphic content – Rhory Robertson and Sophie Pugh

30 10 2013

Facebook SecurityIn May Facebook introduced a temporary ban on a particularly graphic video showing the beheading of a woman in Mexico. The ban was implemented in response to complaints from users and from the Family Online Safety Institute which is a member of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board. Read the rest of this entry »