News: Daily Mail agrees to pay £110,000 damages to risk management consultancy

30 06 2013

daily_news_logoOn 26 June 2013 a Statement in Open Court [pdf] was made in another action against the Daily Mail.  Following last week’s Sally Morgan apology, the paper has apologised for an article on its website which falsely linked Britam Defence a risk management and training consultancy, and two of its senior Directors (David Goulding and Philip Doughty) with an alleged plot to carry out a chemical weapons atrocity in Syria. The Daily Mail agreed to pay £110,000 damages, plus legal costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Lord Justice Leveson’s Statement on the Publication of his Report: worth re-reading

30 06 2013

On 29 November 2012, when his report was published, Lord Justice Leveson made a short statement summarising his views and the purpose of his report.  We published this at the time and we republish it now because of its continuing relevance to the debates which have taken place over the 7 months since the Leveson Report was published.  We have emphasised some passages which may have been overlooked in the course of some of the distorted and partisan attacks on Judge and his report since publication.  The statement is worth re-reading. Read the rest of this entry »

Gazette of Law and Journalism Interview: Gill Phillips

29 06 2013

gazetteGill Phillips is director of editorial legal services for Guardian News & Media Limited (publisher of The Guardian and The Observer and … She was recently in Australia and agreed to answer some gently probing questions from the Gazette of Law and Journalism over breakfast Read the rest of this entry »

Hacked Off: The Leveson Royal Charter, Why are we waiting? – Brian Cathcart

28 06 2013

media-leveson-1You would think that when all three main party leaders sign a solemn agreement, and when that agreement is approved by every single party in Parliament, whatever it was they all decided on would actually happen.

Think again. The draft Royal Charter on press self-regulation was agreed amid some fanfare on 18 March, but more than three months later nothing at all has been done to put it into action. And unless something changes in the next few days, nothing will happen until October. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Brooks and Coulson phone hacking appeal dismissed by Court of Appeal

28 06 2013

rebekah-brooks-andy-coulsonThe Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, today dismissed appeals by phone hacking defendants from a ruling of Mr Justice Fulford that the interception of previously read voicemails was an offence under section 1(1) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (“RIPA”). The unsuccessful appellants included Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, and Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former head of communications. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Search Engines: Legal Perspective on Liability in the Internet Law Vista – Gönenç Gürkaynak

28 06 2013

technology-internet-law1In the early 1990s, the proliferation of information available on the Internet and the growth of Internet-related businesses produced new challenges for the distribution and dissemination of information. As legal issues arise from widespread use of search engines, governments react by attempting to regulate the Internet sector. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Judge rejects call to step down from Cruddas Libel Trial

27 06 2013

Peter CruddasThe judge whose decision on meaning in the libel battle between former Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas and the Sunday Times was partially overturned by the Court of Appeal has rejected an application by the newspaper that he should let another judge conduct the trial of the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Social media crimes on the rise: CPS guidance and the need to balance Article 10 rights – Miranda Ching

27 06 2013

Keir-StarmerIt is perhaps unsurprising, that following the horrific pictures of the “Woolwich murderers”, which lead to the death of soldier Lee Rigby, a surge of anti-Muslim resentment raged across the UK.  What also followed was a dramatic increase in criminal prosecutions made against individuals posting social media comments in connection with this event.  Read the rest of this entry »

What is PressBoF? And would you trust it? – Brian Cathcart

26 06 2013

Dacre_2025402clord-blackPressBoF – the Press Standards Board of Finance – is the industry body that is desperately trying to block the Leveson-based Royal Charter for press self-regulation which was approved by all parties in Parliament in March. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking, Leveson and Lawyers: the press demand action on data protection

25 06 2013

leveson-inquiry-distortedOn Saturday the “Independent” ran a story about a 2007 report from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (“SOCA”) suggesting that law firms, telecoms giants and insurance were hiring private investigators to break the law and further their commercial interests.  The activities identified by the investigation were said to have included telephone tapping and hacking and blagging information from banks, credit card companies and mobile phone companies. Read the rest of this entry »