Mazher Mahmood Trial: Day 1, Prosecution opens case but defence queries police account – James Doleman

23 09 2016

jamesdoleman_dvdlpp9-jpg-600x600_q85After two days of legal argument on 21 September 2016 the prosecution opened their case against News International journalist Mazher Mahmood calling him “the master of deceit.”

Sarah Forshaw QC, the lead prosecution barrister, told the jury that the case stemmed from a 2013 investigation by Mahmood on behalf of the Sun on Sunday targeting singer and former X-Factor presenter Tulisa Contostavlos. Read the rest of this entry »





Crowdfunding: Above the Law: How News International Got Away – James Doleman

20 07 2015

jamesdolemanIn 2011, the British public and press were enraptured with the revelations of phone hacking at the News of the World. Rupert Murdoch referred to appearing at parliament  as ‘the most humble day of my life’ The conglomorate looked down and out.  Read the rest of this entry »





Tabloids, Killers and the Interests of the Public – James Doleman

21 06 2015

jamesdoleman_Sij34JULast week’s revelations at the trial of Neil Wallis that the now defunct News of the world tasked one of their journalists to become a prison officer so as to gather information on a child-murderer may have shocked many but was no huge surprise to those who have observed the many recent trials relating to alleged corruption in the tabloid press. Read the rest of this entry »





Crowd Funding: Reporting the Coulson Perjury Trial – James Doleman

14 05 2015

Coulson and SheridanA year before the News of the World phone-hacking scandal exploded in 2011 with the news that the paper’s employees had intercepted the messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the paper’s former editor Andy Coulson was called as a witness at Glasgow High Court at the trial of Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan. Read the rest of this entry »





Operation Elveden, the CPS and the serious abuse of public trust – James Doleman

4 04 2015

Old-BaileyThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision not to seek a re-trial in the case of a former News of the World journalist, whose conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal comes as no surprise. The reporter concerned, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had already served the relevant part of their sentence, home detention. So any further trial would seem to be rather pointless. Read the rest of this entry »





Paying the price, the cost of dealing with the Sun – James Doleman

25 03 2015

New Sunday Sun tabloidThe not guilty verdicts at the recent trial of four Sun journalists on charges relating to payments to public officials has led to the Metropolitan Police’s “Operation Elveden” being branded a failure by The Sun and other tabloid newspapers. Demands to “stop the witch-hunt” and in one case a comparison between the Crown Prosecution Service and Hitler have graced our red-top press. Read the rest of this entry »





Reflections on Verdicts in the Trials of Sun Reporters – James Doleman

31 12 2014

New Sunday Sun tabloidIf you only read Britain’s best-selling tabloid newspaper you would think that the last 6 months of Sun journalists appearing in the criminal courts have led to a total vindication for the paper and for its version of journalistic ethics. Read the rest of this entry »