The recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Matúz v. Hungary again illustrates the need for strict scrutiny to keep up the standards of media freedom and the right of freedom of expression and information in European pluralistic democracies. Continue reading
A Sun reporter has been cleared of plotting with a Government press officer to illegally leak a string of stories, including secrets of Alistair Darling’s 2010 budget, the Press Association reported. Continue reading
On Monday 24 November 2014, the well-known London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (“HJA”) received an apology and substantial damages from The Times following the publication in June 2014 of a front page article in which the newspaper claimed the firm was being sued by a former client for negligence in relation to a MMR vaccine claim. Continue reading
In the case of Ion Cârstea v. Romania (Judgment of 28 October 2014) the Third Section of the Court of Human Rights held that dismissal of the applicant’s domestic defamation proceedings was a violation of the positive Article 8 obligation to protect his right to reputation.
A Sun reporter accused of making illegal payments to public officials today admitted that he repeatedly lied about his dealings with a policeman and an NHS worker in his initial statement to the court. Continue reading
Nobody at The Sun queried payments being made to public officials, a Sun reporter, Jamie Pyatt, told a court today. Cross-examined at The Sun Six trial, Mr Pyatt agreed that it was common knowledge inside Britain’s biggest newspaper that it handed cash to public officials in return for supplying information. Continue reading