News: Abu Qatada’s Landlord – privacy and harassment injunction continued

20 02 2012

Abu Qatada

It is appears that, despite the attention focussed on their conduct by the Leveson Inquiry, certain sections of the press continue to harass individuals who happen, through no fault of their own, to become newsworthy.   This time it was the turn of someone who happens to have rented a house to person who turned out to be the wife of Abu Qatada.  He has, since a recent judgment of the Court of Human Rights, been the subject of intense tabloid scrutiny.  But the fact that Abu Qatada himself is a controversial figure and properly subject to press criticism and attention does not mean that same applies to his landlord (or, indeed, his wife). Read the rest of this entry »

If a Bulger killer was hacked, how did Mulcaire get his top secret number? – Brian Cathcart

20 02 2012

The Mirror and the Telegraph have reported that lawyers acting for one of the killers of James Bulger are planning to sue News International because their client’s phone was hacked.

Both papers dwell at length on the distress of the murder victim’s family at this reported development – and you can see why they feel that way – but both papers also fail to point out the most alarming implication of the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 20 February 2012

20 02 2012

Media news has been dominated by industry reaction to the arrests of Sun journalists in Operation Elveden, which Inforrm covered in several posts, including a discussion on ‘The Sun, Press Freedom and the “Freedom of Speech League Table”‘, Brian Cathcart on ‘The Sun, The baby and the bathwater’ and Julian Petley on how ‘the Sun has eroded British justice, fairness and freedom: now it is feeling the effects”. Read the rest of this entry »