McCanns, Max Mosley and newspaper groups apply to be core participants in Leveson Inquiry – Thais Portilho-Shrimpton

6 09 2011

Newspaper groups, phone hacking victims, the former News International chief executive, police and politicians were amongst those who have applied for core participant status at the Leveson Inquiry today.

They made their submissions to Lord Justice Leveson in court 76 of the Royal Courts of Justice this morning (Tuesday, 6 September 2011). Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “The Jefferies Contempt Case – Opening a can of worms?” – Alex Bailin QC

6 09 2011

In July this year, The Mirror and The Sun newspapers were fined £50,000 and £18,000 respectively by the Divisional Court for strict liability contempt under s.2 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 for the “vilification” of Christopher Jefferies, who had been arrested for the murder of his former tenant Joanna Yeates. He had been released without charge shortly after his arrest but whilst he was the subject of investigation “extreme” material had been published about him by both newspapers including  suggestions that “he was linked to both … paedophile offences and … [an] earlier murder offence”. The case was unusual and raises as many question as it answers. Read the rest of this entry »