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Month: July 2011 (Page 1 of 5)

Case Law: Attorney-General v MGN and Sun: Daily Mirror and The Sun in contempt over Jo Yeates murder case- Adam Wagner

Her Majesty’s Attorney-General Claimant – and – (1) MGN Limited Defendants (2) News Group Newspapers Limited [2011] EWHC 2074 (Admin)

The High Court has found that the Daily Mirror and The Sun were in breach of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 (1981 Act) in relation to their reporting of the Jo Yeates murder case. The court was strongly critical of the “vilification” of a man who was arrested but quickly released without charge. Continue reading

Phone Hacking: News Corporation statement attacking Guardian still displayed.

The News Corporation website in New York is the corporate website for the holding Company that owns News International Limited which,  in turn, owns News Group Newspapers Limited which published the “News of the World” and continues to publish the “Sun”.  Despite the developments in the last few weeks, and the evidence of Rupert and James Murdoch before the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, the News Corporation website still displays a statement dated 7 July 2009 criticising the reporting of the “Guardian” about phone hacking. Continue reading

News: Phone Hacking – new investigations by the Home Affairs Select Committee

Despite Parliament’s summer recess, the Home Affairs Select Committee continues to pursue its investigation into phone hacking – writing to a number of key participants seeking further information.  The Committee has today published its recent correspondence with solicitors Lord Goldsmith the former Attorney General, Lord Macdonald, the former DPP and solicitors Harbottle & Lewis. Continue reading

Full body scanners and the law of privacy, a US Case – Patrick Bidder

On Christmas Day 2009, a man boarded a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit and allegedly tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear. Thought to be a failed Al-Qaeda terrorist plot, this led to the introduction of Advanced Image Technology (‘AIT’) (full body scanners) in UK airports and the acceleration of their use in the US.

In the US, the introduction of the new technology has just been declared lawful. In the UK, the interim code of practice setting out their acceptable use has just been the subject of a public consultation. Continue reading

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