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Day: 27 May 2012

News: Leveson Inquiry, Week 20 – Jeremy Hunt’s special adviser and the News Corp emails – Natalie Peck

This week much of the attention focussed on someone who has not yet given evidence – culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. His former special adviser – Adam Smith – and News Corporation lobbyist Frederic Michel gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, over allegations Smith acted as a backchannel to Rupert Murdoch’s company during the BSkyB bid.  The Inquiry also heard from Jonathan Stephens, the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Culture Media and Sport. Continue reading

News from India: Allegations of Bribery, Libel, the Army and the Constitution

A remarkable defamation case has been before the courts in India over the past few months.  Criminal and constitutional proceedings have been brought by  retired Lt Gen. Tejinder Singh (pictured) a former director general of Defence Intelligence Agency against the Army Chief of Staff, General V K Singh and four others over a press release making an allegations of bribery against him.  The criminal proceedings are continuing but the constitutional proceedings were not successful. Continue reading

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