The Sun’s picture editor, John Edwards, was simply acceding to requests from a longstanding colleague when he responded to emails from a reporter asking for money to pay his sources, his lawyer said yesterday.
Mr Edwards is charged with one count of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office arising from his response to two emails sent to him by Jamie Pyatt, the paper’s Thames Valley reporter and former news editor Jamie Pyatt. He received another two emails by Mr Pyatt requesting payment but did not respond to them. Continue reading
Does EU data protection law apply to home CCTV cameras? The CJEU addressed that issue yesterday in the judgment in Case C-212/13 Ryneš v. Úřad pro ochranuosobníchúdajů. In its judgment, the Fourth Chamber of the Court agrees with the Advocate-General’s opinion (discussed here), although it avoids some of the difficult questions hinted at in that opinion. Continue reading
In the period 1 January to 31 October 2014 there were a total of 20 libel claims issued in Northern Ireland. This suggests an annual total of around 26 claims and is a small decrease from the 30 claims in 2013, and the 32 in 2012. Continue reading
Britain’s biggest newspaper group fed “misleading” and “incomplete” evidence to detectives about bribery of public officials including supplying barely any documents from its former chief executive Rebekah Brooks, a lawyer for a Sun journalist told the court today. Continue reading
The Sun bought everyone who might make an interesting story with “wheelbarrows of cash,” including public officials, the Crown’s lead prosecutor told the paper’s corruption trial today. Continue reading
The legal term ends on Friday 19 December 2014 and this is our last Round Up of the year. The last month has been the busiest ever on the blog and we would like to thank all our readers. It was also a busy week in the higher courts: there were three media law cases in the Court of Appeal and one interesting decision from the Supreme Court.
A journalist’s belief that they acted in the public interest by paying a public official for information does not protect them from the criminal law, a judge said on Friday when giving the jury legal directions in the Sun Six Trial. Continue reading