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Month: June 2013 (Page 1 of 5)

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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

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.  Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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