Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court, Open Court

1 04 2015

Lord ThomasThe Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has issued a new “Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court” [pdf] which applies to all courts in England and Wales.  it introduces strict rules designed to ensure open justice, providing that all committal hearings “shall be listed and heard in public” [5]. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 30 March 2015

30 03 2015

Weekly Round UPThere were three important decisions of the appellate courts handed down this week, covering freedom of information, data protection and the common law offence of misconduct in public office as applied to journalists paying public officials. Read the rest of this entry »

Spain: The Right to Be Forgotten Does Not Apply to Google’s “Blogger” platform – Miguel Peguera

29 03 2015

BloggerIn a recently reported ruling, the Spanish National High Court held that Google is not responsible for the processing of personal data on blog hosted on Google’s owned Blogger, and therefore, that the so called “right to be forgotten” established by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Google Spain case does not extend to a blogging platform. Read the rest of this entry »

Paying the price, the cost of dealing with the Sun – James Doleman

25 03 2015

New Sunday Sun tabloidThe not guilty verdicts at the recent trial of four Sun journalists on charges relating to payments to public officials has led to the Metropolitan Police’s “Operation Elveden” being branded a failure by The Sun and other tabloid newspapers. Demands to “stop the witch-hunt” and in one case a comparison between the Crown Prosecution Service and Hitler have graced our red-top press. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 23 March 2015

23 03 2015

weeklynews1The four senior Sun journalists accused of paying public officials for information have been cleared on all charges following a trial at the Old Bailey. Chief reporter John Kay and royal editor Duncan Larcome were found not guilty of wrongdoing over their contact with two military sources. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: A healthcare NHS Trust v P and Q, Transparency in the Court of Protection, press should be allowed names – Rosalind English

22 03 2015

312856-002.jpgIn the case of A healthcare NHS Trust v P & Q ([2015] EWCOP 15) the Court of Protection has clarified the position on revealing the identity of an incapacitated adult where reporting restrictions apply. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Four Trial: Court clears all journalists of all charges, chief reporter accuses paper’s executives of “breaking the first rule of journalism”

20 03 2015

John-Kay-2The former chief reporter of The Sun has accused the paper’s executives of “breaking the first rule of journalism”, by revealing his confidential sources after being found not guilty of making corrupt payments to a public official. Read the rest of this entry »


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