Phone Hacking Trial: “Carrying secret” of phone hacking drove NOTW journalist to cocaine, jury hears – Martin Hickman

29 01 2014

Dan Evans 2Day 48, Part 2:  A phone-hacking journalist told the Old Bailey today that he became so depressed at the News of the World that he “self-medicated” with cocaine. Giving evidence at the phone hacking trial, Dan Evans estimated that while at the NoTW he used cocaine “every couple of weeks.” Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: “Toeing the line”, NOTW phone hacker admits lying in Kelly Hoppen claim – Martin Hickman

29 01 2014

dan evans credit bbcDay 48, Part 1:  Self-confessed phone hacker Dan Evans admitted lying when he was giving evidence to a court about his attempted voicemail interception of a News of the World target, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Culture Media and Sport Committee, one off session on “Dealing with Complaints against the Press”

29 01 2014

Lord HuntThe House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee session on ‘Dealing With Complaints Against The Press’ yesterday held a one off session into progress in establishing a new press regulator, and whether any regulatory body will seek recognition under the Royal Charter made on 30 October 2013.  This can be viewed on Parliament TV. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Vilnes v Norway, extension of the Article 8 right to information on health risks – Lieselot Verdonck

29 01 2014

european_court_of_human_rightsOver the years, the European Court of Human Rights has gradually built its jurisprudence according to which Article 8 grants a right to access to information for individuals exposed to health risks caused by polluting industrial activities. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: An extreme makeover – Matthew Collins

29 01 2014

Royal Courts of JusticeEngland’s complicated and claimant-friendly defamation laws, honed in important respects in the Star Chamber, have rightly attracted worldwide criticism. In 2008, the New York State legislature condemned their deployment against American nationals as ‘libel terrorism’. In 2010, the US Congress passed a law with the express purpose of preventing British defamation judgments from being recognized and enforced in the land of the First Amendment. Read the rest of this entry »