Case Comment: Axon v Ministry of Defence and NGN Ltd – former warship captain loses privacy claim for leaks to the Sun – Aidan Wills

20 04 2016

hms somersetOn 11 April 2016, Nicol J handed down judgment in Axon v Ministry of Defence ([2016] EWHC 787 (QB)), dismissing a former Royal Navy commanding officer’s privacy and breach of confidence claims against the Ministry of Defence (‘MoD’) for a former employee’s leaks to the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »





People v Murdoch, Part One, Fightback, Press Gang Launches a new campaign

12 01 2016

Press Gang MurdochAT THE beginning of 2016 Rupert Murdoch once again dominates British media.  David Cameron is back on side. Juries have refused to convict Sun journalists of bribing corrupt police officers. The threat of a tough new media regulator has all but vanished. In September Murdoch felt strong enough to rehabilitate his beloved Rebekah Brooks. In December the most dangerous threat — the possibility of corporate charges — was lifted. Read the rest of this entry »





Crowdfunding: Sun Corruption Trial, reporting the re-trial of Chris Pharo and Jamie Pyatt – Martin Hickman

10 09 2015

Sun TrialRebekah Brooks is back in charge of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers – but the fall-out from the hacking scandal continues. Brooks’s news editor at the Sun, Chris Pharo, is going on trial later this month accused of making unlawful payments to a police officer.  His co-accused is Jamie Pyatt, a former Sun news editor. Read the rest of this entry »





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

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 »





Elveden and the merits of independent scrutiny – Brian Cathcart

3 05 2015

The Old Bailey, London, England, UKLeader writers and columnists are delighted that charges have been dropped against a number of journalists caught up in the Operation Eleven corrupt payment investigation, following earlier acquittals in similar cases. 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 »