News: Operation Elveden, Sun journalist Anthony France convicted of aiding and abetting misconduct in public office

23 05 2015

Sun crime reporter Anthony France arrives at Westminster magistrates' courtSun crime reporter, Anthony France, has been convicted of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.  Mr France had paid PC Timothy Edwards a total of £22,000 for 42 stories over a period of 3 years. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Burundi Journalist’s Union v Attorney-General of Burundi, A positive judgment in the midst of a crisis – Jonathan McCully

21 05 2015

East African Court of JusticeOn 15 May 2015, the East African Court of Justice (the “EACJ”) delivered its judgment in Burundi Journalists Union v. The Attorney General of the Republic of Burundi, in which it considered Law No.1/11 (the “Press Law”) regulating the press, film and broadcasting sectors in Burundi. Read the rest of this entry »





Crowd Funding: Reporting the Coulson Perjury Trial – James Doleman

14 05 2015

Coulson and SheridanA year before the News of the World phone-hacking scandal exploded in 2011 with the news that the paper’s employees had intercepted the messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the paper’s former editor Andy Coulson was called as a witness at Glasgow High Court at the trial of Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan. Read the rest of this entry »





Ten Instant Myths Created by the Press About ‘The Sun’ and Corruption – Brian Cathcart

23 04 2015

PressAfter the acquittal of a number of journalists accused of corrupting public officials and the dropping of charges against others, the corporate national press (Sun, Times, Mail, Telegraph, Mirror and others) has launched one of its shameless campaigns of disinformation. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalists and the courts: where the Sun and its friends are wrong – Brian Cathcart

20 04 2015

s18Amid the sustained press attacks on Operation Elveden and on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to the prosecution of journalists on charges arising out of payments to public officials, it is worth remembering four basic points.  Read the rest of this entry »





Operation Elveden, the CPS and the serious abuse of public trust – James Doleman

4 04 2015

Old-BaileyThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision not to seek a re-trial in the case of a former News of the World journalist, whose conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal comes as no surprise. The reporter concerned, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had already served the relevant part of their sentence, home detention. So any further trial would seem to be rather pointless. Read the rest of this entry »





Dicing with death: the sensational reporting of suicide and death to sell newspapers – Daisy Cooper

28 03 2015

NewspapersThe daily newspapers in February made for sombre reading. There were five stories, comprising 13 articles, where editors used instances of suicide and death to sell papers. Read the rest of this entry »








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