Phone Hacking Trial: Sienna Miller, hacked phone messages “feasible”, trial hears – Martin Hickman

31 01 2014

Law Miller CraigDay 50, Part 2: Sienna Miller said today that she probably would have left the sort of phone messages that a former News of the World reporter claimed he hacked with the knowledge of the paper’s editor Andy Coulson. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter still to grasp the nettle? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

31 01 2014

TwitterIt was not so long ago that we wrote that Twitter appeared to be grasping the nettle and taking its role as a responsible social media platform seriously. However, Twitter’s abject failure to deal with the recent abuse levelled at Stan Collymore, an ex-premiership footballer, suggests our assessment might have been ill-judged. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Former NOTW reporter insists Coulson hired him to hack phones – Martin Hickman

31 01 2014

CoulsonDay 50, Part 1: A former News of the World reporter insisted today that Andy Coulson had hired him to hack phones. Dan Evans said he had told Mr Coulson, then the NoW’s editor, about his skills in voicemail interception during a job interview at a London hotel. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: Defending Defamation, Interview with Peter Wilmhurst and Sarah Hermitage – Hardeep Singh

31 01 2014

WilmshurstSarah Hermitage and her husband Stewart MiddletonThe Defamation Act came into force at the beginning of the year. Here Hardeep Singh asks two individuals who defended claims under the previous regime if anything has changed and what they might do differently. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy isn’t selfish … Paul Bernal

31 01 2014

privacyThe importance of privacy is often downplayed. It sometimes seems as though privacy is viewed as something bad, something inherently selfish, something that ‘good’ people don’t need or really want – or at the very least are willing to sacrifice for the greater good. To me, that displays a fundamental misunderstanding of privacy and of the role it plays in society. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: NOTW reporter admits mistakes in phone hacking allegations – Martin Hickman

30 01 2014

media_andy_coulson_2Day 49, Part 2: A long-serving News of the World reporter has admitted making mistakes in his allegations about Andy Coulson’s involvement in phone hacking. At the start of his four-day testimony this week and in his police statement, Dan Evans said he had played the message left by Sienna Miller to Mr Coulson and another journalist at the NoW’s offices in Wapping on Tuesday 27 September 2005. Read the rest of this entry »





Hidden in the Deregulation Bill: is this another backdoor threat to journalism? – Gill Phillips

30 01 2014

House-of-Commons-001On Monday 3 February the Second Reading of the Deregulation Bill takes place in the House of Commons. Hidden away amidst changes to the regulation of knitting yarns, sale of liquor confectionary to children and repeal of archaic offences of shaking carpets or keeping pigsties, is a provision that seeks to repeal some of the journalistic protections in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which currently ensure that there is proper inter partes judicial scrutiny before police applications to obtain journalistic material are granted. Read the rest of this entry »