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Media and Law Review of the Year, 2013: Part 2, Phone Hacking, Blagging, Bribing and the Trial

2013 year in review 2Phone hacking and its close relations blagging and bribing were rarely out of the media law news in 2013.  There were new arrests and charges throughout the year, culminating in an Old Bailey Trial.  This began on 28 October 2013 with eight defendants facing seven charges.

So far there have been eight weeks of the trial.  One defendant, Ian Edmundson, has been discharged from the trial for health reasons.  The trial was well covered by some newspapers (although, despite the stories of sex and celebrities it was of little interest to the Sun).

The trial was received comprehensive coverage online, particularly from a number of live tweeters (notably @peterjukes whose tweets are summarised here).  At the end of the seventh week, we had a survey of the available online reports, links and live tweets. The journalist who brought the story to public attention in 2010 and 2011, Nick Davies, has posted a complete set of court reports from the trial to date. A full collection of links can be found at #pressreform.

The trial will begin again after the Christmas break at 2pm on 6 January 2014.  It is due to last another 3 to 4 months.  On the last hearing day before Christmas the trial judge, Mr Justice Saunders, told the jury that the trial was running 2 to 3 weeks behind schedule.

A brief reminder of some of the highlights from phone hacking and related matters over the past 12 months:

Part One of this review was published on 28 December 2013 and covered “Press Regulation, Leveson and Royal Charters”.

Part Three, “Defamation and Privacy, not many trials or injunctions but a new Act” will be published shortly.


  1. peterjukes

    Reblogged this on Live Tweeting the hacking trial and commented:
    An excellent summary from the Informm blog of the year’s events on the Hacking Scandal

  2. davidhencke

    Reblogged this on David Hencke and commented:
    This is a superb summary of the hacking trial and a reminder of the large number of journos and their sources facing future trials over phone hacking, bribery of officials and officials from former police and prison officers to health staff facing charges of accepting bribes. It also points up the Exaro News revelation of the full Murdoch “tape” secretly recorded when he addressed the arrested journos.

  3. The Daily Agenda

    Reblogged this on The Daily Agenda and commented:
    Just the tip of the iceberg in terms of media corruption…

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