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Month: October 2013 (Page 1 of 8)

Phone Hacking Trial Report: Coulson-Brooks affair assists Crown’s conspiracy claim – Martin Hickman

Coulson BrooksThe News of the World ordered the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone on the same day it sympathised with her distraught parents’ anguish, the phone hacking trial heard today. Milly went missing near her home in Walton on Thames, Surrey, in March 2002, sparking a large public police investigation and a parallel, covert one at the News of the World, the Old Bailey was told. Continue reading

News: Court rejects PressBoF’s application for a Royal Charter injunction [Updated]

Royal CourtsThe application by PressBoF for an injunction to restrain the consideration by the Privy Council of the Cross-Party Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf] was dismissed today after a hearing before Richards LJ and Sales J.   The Court also refused PressBoF permission to apply for judicial review of the Privy Council’s rejection of its proposed Royal Charter on the basis that there was no arguable case. Continue reading

Treating a news portal as publisher of users’ comment may have far-reaching consequences for online freedom of expression – Dirk Voorhoof

dvoorhoofThe European Court of Human Rights’ judgment of 10 October 2013 in Delfi AS v. Estonia has caused a lot of controversy in the world of online media, news portals, internet-groups and freedom of expression websites. Especially the criticism by Article 19, Index on Censorship and The Guardian (amongst others, also here, here, here and here) initiated a robust debate. Continue reading

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