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Phone Hacking Trial: the final application, some revelations and a CPS Statement [updated]

???????????????????????The phone hacking trial of originally eight and finally seven defendants finally concluded yesterday, 25 June 2014, having begun on 28 October 2013.  It end with a verdict of guilty on Count 1, conspiracy to intercept voicemails, against former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson.  The jury were unable to agree on two charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office against Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman. The other five defendants – Rebekah Brooks, Stuart Kuttner, Charlie Brooks, Cheryl  Carter and Mark Hanna – we acquitted on all charges. Continue reading

Press Regulation: A Lesson From History, A Message to David Cameron – Steven Barnett

PressWe have been here before. Delays, legal manoeuvres, and desperate scaremongering as the national press tries to stave off even the mildest form of accountability.  Self-serving politicians desperate to suppress the truth? Try this: “One of the greatest canards of the past few years has been that ‘ordinary’ people need privacy laws to protect them from a rapacious Press. This mantra is chanted incessantly by politicians when in fact what they really want is protection for themselves.” (Daily Mail, 30 July, 1993). Continue reading

David Cameron’s Very Own Moment of Press Intrusion, or Why It Pays to Listen to Advice about Dangerous Dogs – Paul Wragg

-If you decide to keep a dangerous dog, well-known for its generally intemperate and often vicious nature, and ignore, or worse, deny the constant and sensible advice you are given pointing out the danger you can hardly expect much sympathy when that dog bites you.  And so it is that David Cameron’s pitiful cries of foul play will fall on deaf earsContinue reading

News: Conservatives pull out of cross-party Leveson talks, Parliament will decide

image1The Prime Minister has told a press conference that the Conservatives are pulling out of cross party talks about the implementation of the Leveson report.  He said that regulation would not work without the consent of the press.  He accepted that, as a result, the matter would be decided by Parliament on Monday 18 March 2013, when there would be a vote on “Leveson amendments” to the Crime and Courts Bill. Continue reading

Opinion: “Who’s independent?” – Brian Cathcart

The national papers are desperately scratching around for the names of people who might be regarded as sufficiently independent to serve on their new regulator. Let’s give them some help.

First, editors and proprietors are anything but independent. They are not only wholly partisan, but most of them are tainted by their longtime advocacy of the discredited Press Complaints Commission and by their record of, as the Leveson report puts it, ‘wreaking havoc in the lives of ordinary people’. So the less they have to do with setting up an independent regulatory body that is supposed to put the interests of the public before those of the industry, the better. Continue reading

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