Category Archives: newspapers

Inforrm Law and Media Round Up – Rothschild, Twitter joke trial, Von Hannover and Sun arrests

I’ve rounded up the past week in media law over at the Inforrm blog. The coming week should be a bit quieter, with no significant hearings listed in the courts, the House of Commons in recess and the Leveson Inquiry … Continue reading

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John Tulloch: Oiling a very special relationship – journalists, bribery and the detective police

This article by Professor John Tulloch, Lincoln School of Journalism, is an extract from The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial, edited by Richard Lance Keeble and John Mair (Arima 2012). The book will be launched at an event in … Continue reading

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Scandal! Tabloid editor wasn’t thinking about selling newspapers

As a former rather than incumbent editor of the Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie obviously felt he could afford to take quite a cavalier approach to his Leveson evidence (perhaps playing to what he said is his “punchy”, “sort of anti-establishment” character). … Continue reading

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‘Contempt of a cosmic order’: legal risk of the Daily Mail’s 1997 “Murderers” front page

This morning, the Daily Mail was unusually willing to name check its rival titles, including the Independent, the Times, the Guardian and the Financial Times, for applauding the paper’s bold 1997 ‘Murderers’ headline (below left), which accused five men of … Continue reading

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MPs and surveillance: 2009, not six months ago?

Tom Watson MP and member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee has reported on his blog that Roy Greenslade has just revealed that six months ago, members of the DCMS Select Committee were the targets of covert surveillance by … Continue reading

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Leveson Inquiry – follow the tweets live

And so begins day one of the formal Leveson Inquiry, in Court 73 at the Royal Courts of Justice. Proceedings will be streamed live from 10:30am today on the relaunched Leveson Inquiry website. The public can attend hearings although seating … Continue reading

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Journalists’ views needed for EU research project

MediaAcT  is a European research project comparing media accountability and transparency systems and examining digital engagement, such as blogging. The study covers Austria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Tunisia and the UK. Funded under … Continue reading

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Cleland Thom: Laws that can criminalise journalists

In this guest post, Cleland Thom, a media trainer, argues that there is a “frightening range” of English legislation that inhibits good journalism There is an increasing range of legislation that can criminalise journalists. The alleged law-breaking by journalists at … Continue reading

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News of the World to close but the phone hacking story doesn't stop here

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

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Rusbridger: ‘The Guardian has never yet been sued under any kind of privacy law’

You can read the speech for yourself here (it went online before he’d even delivered it, doing the conscientious live tweeters out of a job), but I thought it worth flagging up a couple of Alan Rusbridger’s comments from last … Continue reading

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