Mazher Mahmood Trial: Day 1, Prosecution opens case but defence queries police account – James Doleman

23 09 2016

jamesdoleman_dvdlpp9-jpg-600x600_q85After two days of legal argument on 21 September 2016 the prosecution opened their case against News International journalist Mazher Mahmood calling him “the master of deceit.”

Sarah Forshaw QC, the lead prosecution barrister, told the jury that the case stemmed from a 2013 investigation by Mahmood on behalf of the Sun on Sunday targeting singer and former X-Factor presenter Tulisa Contostavlos. Read the rest of this entry »





Press and Counter-Press: Can publishers avoid the financial consequences of their choice to be regulated by IPSO? – Simon Carne

21 09 2016

NewspapersIn a free society, a vital ingredient is a strong press – strong enough to speak truth to power. But when the press, itself, is a source of power, who is strong enough to speak truth back to them? Read the rest of this entry »





Keith Vaz, an outbreak of morality? Pull the other one – Brian Cathcart

9 09 2016

keith-vazPicture this. You are in the newsroom of a tabloid national paper and a reporter has just rushed up to the editor.

Reporter – ’Boss! I have shocking news. I have evidence that a senior backbencher has paid for sex!’ Read the rest of this entry »





Keith Vaz, the Sunday Mirror and the Public Interest: must politicians live by different standards?

5 09 2016

Keith-Vaz-FrontpageOn Sunday 4 September 2016 the Sunday Mirror ran an exclusive concerning Labour MP Keith Vaz.  The headline “Labour MP Keith Vaz and the Prostitutes at His Flat” occupied most of the front page and several  inside pages of the newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »





The View from the Daily Mail: Squandering and other lost opportunities – Sarah Phillimore

2 09 2016

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupIt is always illuminating to run things through the Daily Mail translator. It is a great shame that one of the most widely read newspapers in the UK persists in journalism which at best is click bait, at worst actively dishonest and agenda led. Of particular concern to family lawyers is that agenda currently appears to be an attack on legal aid for parents in care cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Off the rails: Branson v Corbyn in #traingate – Tom Rudkin and Owen O’Rorke

1 09 2016

Jeremy CorbynAs the “#traingate” juggernaut gathered pace along the tracks of political intrigue, some may have missed the ICO’s announcement that it is investigating Virgin Trains’ decision to release CCTV footage of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walking through carriages on the 11am from London to Newcastle. The investigation seems to have been prompted by a complaint from Mr Corbyn’s camp. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Ziembiński v. Poland (No. 2), Polish mayor’s private prosecution of local journalist for insult violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh

30 08 2016

img_3698The European Court’s Fourth Section has held in Ziembiński v. Poland (No. 2) that a newspaper editor’s conviction for describing local government officials as “dim-witted” and a “numbskull” violated the editor’s Article 10 right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »