News: MPs to debate Select Committee Phone Hacking Report

21 05 2012

It has been announced by the Speaker that MPs will debate the findings of the Select Committee Report into phone hackingat the beginning of public business” tomorrow (Tuesday 22 May 2012).  In other words, the debate will take place after question time and any statements to the House. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 21 May 2012

21 05 2012

Module three of the Leveson Inquiry is now underway, examining the relationship between press and politicians. Jack Straw, Lord Wakeham, Alastair Campbell and Sir Harold Evans were among the witnesses during the Inquiry’s 19th week, as Natalie Peck summarised here. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (BSkyB) v Chelmsford Crown Court, protest footage and the police – Gervase de Wilde

21 05 2012

Court orders forcing news organisations to hand over footage of protests to police are rightly controversial. Understandably, those featured are not keen on them; more contentious is the way that they more generally cast the neutrality of the media in doubt. The access which the TV news enjoys to protests is endangered by a sense that what they film is potentially police evidence as well as the public record. Read the rest of this entry »