Phone Hacking Trial: Murdoch executive packed up phone hacking suspect’s belongings on day of his arrest, court hears – Martin Hickman

19 11 2013

James WeatherupDay 17:  One of Rupert Murdoch’s senior executives packed up the belongings of a News of the World reporter suspected of phone hacking and sent them away from the newspaper’s offices in a taxi, the Old Bailey heard today. Paul Nicholas, Deputy Managing Editor of the News of the World, acted on the day in April 2011 that former news editor James Weatherup was arrested at his home in Essex, Frances Carmen, the paper’s newsdesk secretary, told the jury.

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Opinion: The big publishers’ latest scheme: not so much IPSO as WOOPSO – Brian Cathcart

19 11 2013

IPSO Designed by PressBOFThe Media Standards Trust’s analysis of the latest press industry scheme for self-regulation, IPSO, should be enough to sink it forever. It shows beyond doubt that, far from delivering the kinds of changes demanded in the Leveson Report, as its authors claim it does, IPSO is another poorly-contrived confidence trick by the big newspaper companies.* Read the rest of this entry »





Will Marine “A” keep his anonymity? – James Michael

19 11 2013

_70999958_70992440Five Royal Marines have lodged a challenge against a ruling that they can be named following the conviction of one of them for the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan. Identification of ‘Marine A’ and three other Marines was prohibited by order of the court-martial which convicted Marine A of murder. At the time of the trial this order was explained in the press as necessary to protect the defendants from physical attacks. Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media: more twitter usage statistics

19 11 2013

Twitter figuresThere are many figures bandied around for the levels of Twitter usage. Reliable statistics are often hard to come by.  However, Twittter has, for the purposes of its recent IPO, provided a number of figures in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Twitter’s own analysis is that it has 232 million monthly active users and that that there are, on average, 500 million tweets per day in the world. Read the rest of this entry »