Law and Media Round Up – 25 July 2011

25 07 2011

Wordle: UntitledIn this regular feature we draw attention to the last week’s law and media news and next week’s upcoming events. If readers have any news or events which they would like to draw attention to please add them by way of comments on this post.


This was the third week of the “phone hacking firestorm”.  This was the week of the “Super Tuesday” of Parliamentary Committees.  It was the week in which Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks gave evidence to the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee.   The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Assistant Read the rest of this entry »

News: The trade in personal data – a new study of police disclosure of personal information

24 07 2011

One important aspect the phone hacking saga is concerns the unlawful trade in private information.  In May 2006 the Information Commissioner published the report “What price privacy?” revealed “evidence of systematic breaches in personal privacy that amount to an unlawful trade in confidential personal information“.  This identified 3,522 occasions when 305 journalists requested information that the commission believed was likely to have been obtained illegally. Read the rest of this entry »

BBC Radio 4 – the PM “Privacy Commission” Report

23 07 2011

The Commissioners

The BBC Radio 4 PM programme “Privacy Commission” has reported.  The “Commissioners”, Sir Michael Lyons, Baroness Liddell and Lord Faulks heard evidence from 17 individuals – campaigners, lawyers, politicians and others (see below) – and yesterday issued a Report – with 7 pages of conclusions followed by a summary of the evidence heard and a number of appendices. Read the rest of this entry »

View from Australia: Media’s own goal as privacy law looms – Richard Ackland

22 07 2011

The scandal engulfing News International, British politics and Scotland Yard also has leeched into the wide brown land … Inquiries abound … Australian Government seizes the opportunity to float a privacy law. Read the rest of this entry »

‘I should be licensed to be the eyes and ears of the public’, says Benjie Pell – Frances Gibb

21 07 2011

The Times legal editor Frances Gibb has written a profile of the leading legal observer, Benjamin Pell – Rumpelstiltskin of the Bailey.  He will be familiar to readers of Inforrm as the supplier of the latest up to date information on the operation of the media (and other) courts. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: Response to the Prime Minister’s statement about the forthcoming judicial inquiry

20 07 2011

This is a Press Release issued by the Hacked Off campaign earlier today:

The Hacked Off Campaign welcomes the Terms of Reference of the Judicial Inquiry announced today, in particular the extensive changes that the campaign secured, set out below. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Phone Hacking – Home Affairs Select Committee Report published

20 07 2011

The Home Affairs Select Committee has today released its report on the “Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile telephone communications“.  The Report is seriously critical of News International, the police and various other bodies and makes a number of recommendations as to future investigations and the powers of the Information Commissioner. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: KGM v News Group – The Scoop, the Chef, his Wife and Her Father – Rosalind English

20 07 2011

Christopher Hutcheson (formerly known as KGM) v News Group Newspapers and others [2011] EWCA Civ 808

In these turbulent times for Rupert Murdoch (see the UK Human Rights Blog contempt post) it seems strange to see one of his newspapers being vindicated by the courts, but, for once, The Sun seems to have been on the side of the angels. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Phone Hacking “Super Tuesday” – the day of the Parliamentary Committees

19 07 2011

On what was to be the last day of the Parliamentary session the two Commons Committees which have been pursuing the phone hacking issue will hear evidence from a number of key players in what many commentators have suggested is a reassertion of parliamentary authority over some of the most powerful institutions in modern Britain: the Murdoch press, the police and (now) the Crown Prosecution Service.
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Inforrm Blog Resources: improved Tables of Cases

19 07 2011

Regular readers of the Inforrm blog will have noticed that in recent weeks we have updated and improved the three tables of cases on the blog.   These have now been converted into Google spreadsheet form.  There are now “scroll bars” to enable the full table to be accessed – so that all the necessary information can be included.  We have taken this opportunity to tidy the tables up and introduce some new cases and links. Read the rest of this entry »