Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks’s PA and the Notebooks – Martin Hickman

7 01 2014

Cheryl CarterDay 35, Part 1:  Rebekah Brooks’s PA, Cheryl Carter, was arrested by detectives days before she was about to board a plane to emigrate to Australia, the phone hacking trial heard today. Police suspected that the move to Australia was a reward for removing Mrs Brooks’s notebooks covering the period when hacking was rife at the News of the World, the jury was told. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: The Royal Charter in 2014, and the Prime Minister’s thoughts – Brian Cathcart

7 01 2014

cameron-levesonThis country is now very close to settling a problem that has plagued it for generations. The problem was this: how to protect ordinary citizens from lying, bullying and unjustified intrusion carried out in the name of journalism, while at the same time ensuring that journalists were free to do the job they need to do to sustain our democracy. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: Let’s Learn from the Irish – Clare Tsimpourla

7 01 2014

Ireland SignA lot has been said about the new Defamation Act. Some have welcomed it as the dawn of a new era for freedom of expression, others as a likely to lead to the suppression of genuine claims. Regardless of what people think, it is the new law, and as a new law that has not yet been tested in England and Wales, one can only hypothesise as to what the results may be. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Jury hears evidence from News International Archivist on ‘concealing evidence’ charge

7 01 2014

Brooks and CarterDay 34: The jury at the Old Bailey phone hacking trial yesterday heard evidence relating to the allegations of conspiracy to prevert the course of justice.  Prosecution Counsel, Andrew Edis QC, told that jury that for the next two to three weeks they would hear evidence on Counts 6 and 7. Read the rest of this entry »