A New Proposal for a Press Adjudicator – Martin Moore

26 02 2012

On Friday the Financial Times reported(£) on a new proposal submitted to the Leveson Inquiry for a system to replace the Press Complaints Commission. The proposal is written by Hugh Tomlinson QC and emerged out of roundtable discussions organized by the Media Standards Trust, and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. At the round table discussions were senior newspaper figures, lawyers, academics, and those with long experience in broadcast news. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Cobain v Information Commissioner and CPS – journalists and the right to access information – Gervase de Wilde

26 02 2012

The Freedom of Information Act has become a powerful tool for journalists and campaigners at both local and national levels seeking to reveal the workings of the state. But those making requests can easily be stopped in their tracks by the exemptions it provides from the fundamental requirement to disclose official information. A decision in the First Tier of the Information Tribunal (Case No. EA/2011/0112 & 0113), given on February 8 2012, on an appeal against a ruling by the Information Commissioner, examined the extent of these exemptions in relation to criminal proceedings, and how they work for the press.

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