After the ‘for Neville’ email they decided to wipe the database – Brian Cathcart

24 02 2012

It takes quite a lot these days to make the conduct of News International in the phone hacking affair look any worse, but a new legal document published by the Daily Telegraph seems to do just that.

The High Court document summarizes common elements of the cases brought by recent civil litigants against the company, and it includes a remarkable passage dealing with what is described as News International’s ‘Email Deletion Policy.’ Read the rest of this entry »

News: New Proposal for Media Regulation Launched – Media Standards Authority

24 02 2012

The Financial Times has reported the launch of a radical and comprehensive new proposal for media regulation  – for a “Media Standards Authority”.  It is proposed that this new body would be independent of both government and the media and voluntary but with strong powers over members.  The body would have statutory underpinning with a system of incentives with legal backing to encourage participation.   Read the rest of this entry »

First they came for the journalists… Maria Roche

24 02 2012

News of the deaths of Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik and the serious injuries of photographer Paul Conroy and Edith Bouvier, a freelance journalist reporting for Le Figaro, from a mortar shell that hit the building in Homs, Syria that they were using as makeshift media centre has saddened and shocked reporters and readers. So does a sobering list of more than fifteen of their professional colleagues who have also died reporting the Arab Spring.  Worse still are reports that the journalists may have been deliberately targeted by the Syrian government forces.  It is a reminder that journalists are offered too little protection by international law. Read the rest of this entry »