Sun Six Trial: Picture editor was “acceding to requests from a longstanding colleague” – Martin Hickman

18 12 2014

John EdwardsThe 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. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Stories about Broadmoor were justified, defence tells court – Martin Hickman

17 12 2014

The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The NewstandsThe Sun was justified in running stories about Broadmoor that the psychiatric hospital wanted to keep “hush hush”, a lawyer for one its journalists told a court today. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Defence tells court, public has a right to know about high-profile patients inside Broadmoor – Martin Hickman

17 12 2014

BroadmoorThe public has a right to know what is happening to high-profile patients inside Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, the trial of Sun journalists for corruption was told yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »





Bringing Data Protection Home? The CJEU rules on data protection law and home CCTV – Lorna Woods

17 12 2014

cctvDoes 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. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Defence speech, some stories from public officials so trivial jury should acquit – Martin Hickman

16 12 2014

Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt arrives at court in LondonSome stories published by The Sun as a result payments to public officials were so trivial that jurors should acquit the reporter who wrote them, his lawyer said today. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Libel Claims in 2014, a small decline in numbers – Olivia O’Kane

16 12 2014

Northern IrelandIn 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. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Defence attacks News International as an unreliable “copper’s nark” – Martin Hickman

15 12 2014

Police News InternationalBritain’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. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: The Sun bought everyone who might make an interesting story with “wheelbarrows of cash”, prosecution tells jury – Martin Hickman

15 12 2014

The SunThe 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. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 15 December 2014

15 12 2014

Weekly Round Up 2The 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.

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Sun Six Trial: A journalist’s belief that they acted in the public interest by paying an official is not a defence, says judge – Martin Hickman

14 12 2014

A picture taken on February 26, 2012 inA 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. Read the rest of this entry »