Phone Hacking Trial: Rebekah Brooks assured PCC “any journalist who breaks the law” was liable to summary dismissal – Martin Hickman

21 11 2013

Day 19 (Part 2):  Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers “placed great emphasis” on the code of practice for journalists, Rebekah Brooks told the Press Complaints Commission two years before she was arrested for suspected phone hacking and corruption. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Reporter warned NoW management they would “all end up in jail” if payments to sensitive sources were traced – Martin Hickman

21 11 2013

Clive-GoodmanDay 19:  A News of the World reporter warned the paper’s management that he and its editors could go to jail if police traced cash payments to sensitive sources, the hacking trial heard today.  Clive Goodman, the paper’s royal editor, made the warning about two of the cash contacts who were “in uniform.” Read the rest of this entry »





Human Rights, Privacy and Surreptitious Photography – James Michael

21 11 2013

echrThe European Court of Human Rights has decided that it is a violation of the right to privacy if a country does not have a law prohibiting surreptitious photography of people. The ruling has serious implications for paparazzi, and would have been useful to Princess Diana.  A ready-made bill exists in the form of a draft published by the Law Commission for England and Wales in 1981. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Edmondson extended Mulcaire’s contract, after initially stopping payments – Martin Hickman

21 11 2013

EdmondsonDay 18 (Part 2):   The News of the World’s news editor, Ian Edmondson, extended its £100,000-year-contract with the private detective Glenn Mulcaire after initially ordering the payments to be stopped, the hacking trial heard yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act and “Operators of Websites” regulations: in force 1 January 2014

21 11 2013

lord-mcnallyRegulations governing the operation of the new defence for website operators featuring user-generated content which is set out in section 5 of the Defamation act 2013 have been approved by both Houses of Parliament.  The Act, and the Regulations, are to come into effect on January 1, 2014, justice minister Lord McNally has told peers. Read the rest of this entry »