Phone Hacking Trial: Charlie Brooks “too sloppy” to notice hidden bags had not been returned – Martin Hickman

31 03 2014

Rebekah BrooksDay 80, Part 2:  Charlie Brooks was “too sloppy” after drinking red wine to notice that the bags he had hidden from police had not been returned to him as planned, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Phone Hacking Trial: Charlie Brooks hid porn DVDs to avoid “Jacqui Smith moment”, court hears – Martin Hickman

31 03 2014

Charlie BrooksDay 80, Part 1: Charlie Brooks told the phone hacking trial today that he hid his bags from police because he was worried that the discovery of his pornography collection could lead to a “Jacqui Smith moment.” Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Kennedy v Charity Commission, Supreme Court: Strasbourg’s mixed messages about Article 10 and any right to receive information – David Hart QC

31 03 2014

news-graphics-2007-_637463aIn the case of Kennedy v Chairty Commission ([2014] UKSC 20), in judgments running to 90 pages, the Supreme Court dismissed this appeal by Mr Kennedy, a Times journalist, for access to documents generated by the Charity Commission under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 31 March 2014

31 03 2014

Law and MediaThe Phone Hacking Trial completed its nineteenth week of hearings. Former News of the World Royal Editor, Clive Goodman was temporarily unable to continue with his evidence for health reasons. The Court did not hear evidence on Monday 24 March 2014 (Day 75). Read the rest of this entry »





Islamophobia, press bias and the need for reform – Ghazal Tipu

30 03 2014

IslamophobiaMuslim faith leaders, media professionals, activists and students gathered in an event recently, in a bid to gather grassroots support for media reform. A groundswell of support from the UK’s largest minority community could prove a real boost for the media reform movement. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Ireland: Jeffery v. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Court Proceedings and Immunity from Defamation – Yvonne Moynihan

30 03 2014

Department_of_Justice,_Equality_and_Law_ReformIn general, what is said in court proceedings is protected by absolute privilege.  In Ireland this is placed on a statutory footing by s. 17(2) of the Defamation Act 2009. Privilege is not only attached to oral testimony but also to affidavits and documents produced in the course of a hearing. Read the rest of this entry »





Three Global Challenges to the Media – Benedetta Brevini

29 03 2014

MediaSince the emergence of human rights and civil liberties discourses there has been a widespread consensus about the role of the media to foster democracy. Read the rest of this entry »