Revealed: 10 Police Inquiries into Illegal Data Techniques – Martin Hickman

12 07 2014

Press and PoliceMore than 100 Scotland Yard detectives are investigating allegations of hacking, bribery and other crime by British newspaper journalists, official figures reveal. New Metropolitan Police statistics show that 46 police officers are still looking into phone hacking, while a further 53 police are inquiring into payments by tabloids to police and other public officials. Read the rest of this entry »





Newspapers exploit Lawrence case to recycle myths about whistleblowers – Brian Cathcart

16 03 2014

Daily MailWe could be forgiven for thinking it was a default procedure these days at the Daily Mail: when an editorial writer gets to the final few paragraphs about almost any subject, he or she strains to find a way to blame it all on Sir Brian Leveson. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate Files: The Ellison Review And Daniel Morgan

15 03 2014

Daniel-Morgan-007The Home Secretary Theresa May, in her statement to the House of Commons on the publication of ‘The Stephen Lawrence Independent Review’ (Ellison Review) said Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (BSkyB) v The Commissioner of Police, Police bid to obtain journalistic material refused – Rosalind English

14 03 2014

Metropolitan PoliceOn 12 March 2014, the Supreme Court gave judgment in the case of R (on the application of BSkyB) v Commissioner of Police ([2014] UKSC 17). This was an appeal from a ruling by the Administrative Court that it was procedurally unfair, and therefore unlawful, for BSkyB to have had a disclosure order made against it without full access to the evidence on which the police’s case was based and the opportunity to comment on or challenge that evidence. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: Witness Protection, Anyone?

17 07 2013

imagesThe Rogue Element of the Private Investigation Industry and Others Unlawfully Trading in Personal Data“.  The first version Serious Organised Crime Agency report (2008) was made public in July 2012. It said (p.5) there was evidence that private investigators were Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: Mayor Boris And The Met Payoffs

8 07 2013

Sir Paul StephensonThere was an interesting short exchange at the Public Accounts Select Committee on 3rd July. The subject under discussion was ‘Confidentiality Clauses and Special Severance Payments’ – primarily NHS executives’ compromise agreements – a.k.a. unpopular large payoffs at public expense. Read the rest of this entry »





New Police Guidance on Relationships with the Media: contacts with the media and “naming of suspects”

21 05 2013

College of PolicingThe College of Policing has issued new “Guidance on Relationships with the Media” [pdf].   This has been produced to ensure greater consistency between police forces and in response to the Leveson Inquiry.  The Guidance deals with contacts between police officers and the media, the circumstances in which  arrested persons should be named and with “media ridealongs”. Read the rest of this entry »





News: “Secret Arrests” Opinion Poll: Public agrees with Leveson, ACPO and the Judges

9 05 2013

DEV620_1708992aThere has, over recent, weeks been a substantial press campaign against so-called “secret arrests” with unanimous support for a policy of releasing the names of people who arrested, irrespective of whether or not they are charged with any offence.  ACPO, Lord Justice Leveson and the senior judges responding to the Law Commission have been condemned for supporting a policy of only releasing names in exceptional circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson, “secret arrests” and the rights of suspects: a question of balance – Hugh Tomlinson QC

10 04 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph are alarmed about ‘secret arrests’ – which, as usual, they blame on Lord Justice Leveson.  The complaint concerns proposed new guidelines from the Association of Chief Police Officers under which “forces will be banned from confirming the names of suspects”. The Mail calls it “a chilling new threat to the right to know” and holds out the prospect of people being swept off the streets in the manner of North Korea and Zimbabwe. The Telegraph says that critics are condemning the proposal as an attack on open justice. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Four public officials plead guilty over leaks to the Sun

9 03 2013

SunTwo former police officers, an ex-prison officer and another public official have admitted selling information to the Sun.  These are the first accused to plead guilty in relation to the investigation into alleged illegal payments by journalists. Read the rest of this entry »