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 »





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 »





Beyond Parody, Mackenzie and Murdoch cast themselves as consumer champions – Brian Cathcart

16 01 2015

kelvinmackenzieKelvin MacKenzie and Rupert Murdoch have taken an initiative that is beyond parody: they have set up a consumer complaint website whose aim, according to the former Sun editor, is ‘to force companies and politicians to do the right thing’. Read the rest of this entry »





Reflections on Verdicts in the Trials of Sun Reporters – James Doleman

31 12 2014

New Sunday Sun tabloidIf you only read Britain’s best-selling tabloid newspaper you would think that the last 6 months of Sun journalists appearing in the criminal courts have led to a total vindication for the paper and for its version of journalistic ethics. Read the rest of this entry »





Could Russell Brand sue the Sun over ‘hypocrite’ allegation? – Philip Steele

7 12 2014

Sun BrandThe comedian and actor Russell Brand has threatened to take legal action over an article published on the front page of the Sun which alleged that he was a “hypocrite” because of his housing arrangements.  In this short article, we take a look at whether in principle calling somebody a “hypocrite” could give rise to a claim. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Nobody at the Sun queried payments to public officials, court told – Martin Hickman

24 11 2014

Kingston Crown CourtNobody at The Sun queried payments being made to public officials, a Sun reporter, Jamie Pyatt, told a court today. Cross-examined at The Sun Six trial, Mr Pyatt agreed that it was common knowledge inside Britain’s biggest newspaper that it handed cash to public officials in return for supplying information. Read the rest of this entry »








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