First core participants in Leveson Inquiry announced – Thais Portilho-Shrimpton

14 09 2011

Newspapers groups, victims of phone hacking and other forms of privacy intrusion by the press, and the Metropolitan Police Service have been granted core participant status in the Leveson Inquiry.

In his ruling, released today, Lord Justice Leveson explains his decision on the several applications made before him at the Royal Courts of Justice on 6 September 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Operation Motorman – new investigation shows more than 17,000 requests for information

14 09 2011

Operation Motorman was the 2003 investigation into the illegal trade in personal information by the British Press.  Whereas the phone hacking saga has – so far at least – only impacted on News Group Newspapers, the Motorman investigation reached into almost every part of the newspaper industry.  Read the rest of this entry »

Newspaper Registration – a strange anachronism

14 09 2011

Although anyone is free to publish a newspaper in England, publishers are still subject to a little known and apparently anachronistic “registration” requirement.   This arises under the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881 (“the 1881 Act”) which requires newspapers which are published in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be registered with Companies House.  Read the rest of this entry »