Media Reform Coalition: Murdoch’s lobbying efforts are increasing, new analysis finds

6 02 2017

murdoch-may-1Analysis by Media Reform Coalition and 38 Degrees suggests that Murdoch’s lobbying of government intensified ahead of the recent government consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and the announcement by Murdoch’s renewed bid to take over Sky. Read the rest of this entry »





Tulisa, Mercer and Yeo: the Journalistic Sting and the Public Interest

26 07 2013

TulisaOver the past couple of months the tabloids, the broadsheets and the broadcasters have been entertaining us with “journalistic sting” stories.  Politicians and celebrities have been caught out by fictitious lobbying companies and the “fake sheikh”. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Judgment entered for Peter Cruddas in Sunday Times “lobbyist sting” libel claim

7 06 2013

Sunday Times CruddasOn 5 June 2013 Mr Justice Tugendhat handed down a reserved judgment following the pre-trial review in the case of Cruddas v Calvert ([2013] EWHC 1427).  He accepted the case advanced by the claimant, former Conservative Party Treasurer, Peter Cruddas, as to the meaning of the words complained of.  As a result, he struck out the defence and entered judgment for an injunction and damages to be assessed at the trial on 17 June 2013.  Permission to appeal was refused. Read the rest of this entry »