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Monthly Archives: July 2011
Interwoven in the phone hacking tapestry are numerous rivalries, arguments and personal battles. Louise Mensch MP and Piers Morgan ended up fighting it out on CNN last week, with Lord Sugar having his say too. BBC business correspondent Robert Peston … Continue reading
Earlier this week I reported on how courts data is handled by HM Courts and Tribunals Service, with details of the contracts between the MoJ, Courtel and Bailii. When I was researching the issue in June I asked the Ministry … Continue reading
Guest post: The future of regulation as seen by Barry Turner, senior lecturer in media law, the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, Nottingham Trent University At last Friday’s dramatic press conference the Prime Minister announced that two inquiries would be … Continue reading
The Information Commissioner’s Operation Motorman and the subsequent reports, ‘What Price Privacy?’ and ‘What Price Privacy Now?’ are back in the news today despite being published in 2006. Why? Well, five years later, the BBC reports that police have asked … Continue reading
Courts data is public, right? Well no, not quite. Hearings and judgments might be public, but information about them can be difficult to access. The HM Courts and Tribunals service does publish daily case listings for many courts here, on … Continue reading
Another week consumed by phone hacking speculation and news. It’s very odd to see the story dominate the television and print headlines, when so many key developments were ignored by the majority of media outlets during 2009/10. Policeman turned columnist … Continue reading
Damian Radcliffe, nations and communities manager at Ofcom, has conducted some very useful research into hyperlocal definitions and trends, available on Slideshare: While independent news sites fall outside the Ofcom regulatory framework, he explained why local news consumption patterns matter … Continue reading
In July 2009 Nick Davies of the Guardian began to report new allegations of phone hacking at News of the World. Voicemail interception by the Sunday red-top wasn’t a new story, but these specific allegations were – despite the Press … Continue reading
In the most dramatic development of the phone hacking scandal, since Guardian journalist Nick Davies broke his Gordon Taylor story in July 2009, it has been announced that News of the World is to close this Sunday after 168 years … Continue reading
A new campaign led by the Media Standards Trust will call for a public inquiry into phone hacking, Brian Cathcart has revealed. In an article for Index on Censorship, he reports: For the past few weeks I have been working … Continue reading