Operation Elveden: Journalists cleared in payment trial – BBC News

‘Three journalists have been found not guilty of illegally paying public officials by a jury at the Old Bailey.’

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BBC News, 17th April 2015

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Journalists should not always be prosecuted for paying public officials, says former CPS head – The Indpendent

‘The former head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said it can be “appropriate” for journalists to pay officials for information and that Operation Elveden had overlooked the public interest.’

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The Independent, 18th April 2015

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Crown Prosecution Service re-review of Operation Elveden – CPS News Brief

‘Operation Elveden is a Metropolitan Police Service investigation that revealed the payments made to corrupt public officials by journalists for information. It followed two parliamentary committees and the Leveson Inquiry which revealed serious questions over the techniques used by some which may have amounted to systematic and flagrant breaches of the law. The range and circumstance of this activity was of a scale not previously encountered by police or CPS.’

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CPS News Brief, 17th April 2015

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Three years, £20 million, one conviction: Operation Elveden on brink of collapse – Daily Telegraph

‘Operation Elveden, the long running investigation into allegations of corruption by tabloid journalists, lies in tatters after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was forced to scrap most of the outstanding cases. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2015

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TV ‘exposure’ of Scientology halted by UK libel law split – The Guardian

‘Plans to broadcast HBO’s Church of Scientology exposé, Going Clear, have been shelved by Sky Atlantic in a virtual repeat of events two years ago, when UK publishers abandoned publication of the book on which the hard-hitting new TV documentary is based.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2015

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Law firms exploiting EU ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling to help individuals remove awkward newspaper articles from Google – The Independent

Posted April 20th, 2015 in EC law, freedom of information, internet, law firms, media, news, public interest by sally

‘Ambulance-chasing law firms are using the European Court’s ruling on the “right to be forgotten” to drum up business, leading to a rise in the number of newspaper articles being deleted from Google search results.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2015

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Operation Elveden: Judge to allow majority verdicts – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2015 in juries, jury directions, media, misfeasance in public office, news, verdicts by sally

‘The jury in the latest trial of journalists accused of illegally paying public officials has been told the judge will accept majority verdicts.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2015

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CPS seeks retrial for prison officer after conviction quashed – The Guardian

‘A prison officer whose conviction over leaks to newspapers was quashed by the court of appeal is facing a retrial, it has been confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2015

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Erol Incedal trial evidence must remain secret, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in evidence, media, news, private hearings, reporting restrictions, terrorism by sally

‘The bulk of the evidence in the UK’s first terror trial held mostly behind closed doors will remain secret forever, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2015

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Untangling the spider’s web: Evans at the Supreme Court – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘On Friday, 27th March, the Supreme Court handed down a decision which will be as much of interest to public lawyers as information rights practitioners alike. Evans, a journalist for the Guardian newspaper utilised the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 to seek the disclosure of letters sent by Prince Charles to seven government departments between September 2004 and March 2005. The departments refused to disclose the letters (so-called “black spider” memos on account of the Prince’s handwriting) on the basis that they were exempt from doing so. In their view the letters represented private correspondence which effectively allowed the Prince to prepare for “kingship.” Evans subsequently complained to the Information Commissioner who upheld the refusal before appealing to the Information Tribunal. The Tribunal held that many of the letters should be disclosed as they constituted “advocacy correspondence.”’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st March 2015

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Trials of journalists alleged to have paid money to public officials for private documents halted as CPS holds urgent review of its decision to prosecute – The Independent

‘The first of the eight trials involving journalists alleged to have paid money to public officials for private documents and due to take place between now and September, has been adjourned at the Old Bailey.’

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The Independent, 31st March 2015

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Media regulator issues new guidelines on young people on TV and radio – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2015 in children, codes of practice, complaints, consultations, media, news by sally

‘Broadcasters are being told to take into account the impact of bullying on social media in new guidelines covering the appearance of children and young people on TV and radio released by Ofcom.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2015

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Operation Elveden: Court quashes reporter’s conviction – BBC News

‘An ex-News of the World reporter who was found guilty of paying a prison officer for information has had their conviction quashed.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2015

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Council to bring judicial review action over DCLG direction on newspaper frequency – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2015 in advertising, budgets, employment, housing, judicial review, local government, media, news by sally

‘The Royal Borough of Greenwich is to bring judicial review proceedings after the Communities Secretary earlier this month served the authority with a direction requiring it to cut publication of its weekly newspaper.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2015

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McCann ‘Twitter troll’ Brenda Leyland ‘killed herself’ – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in inquests, internet, media, news, public interest, suicide by sally

‘A woman who “trolled” Madeleine McCann’s family on Twitter killed herself days after she was challenged by reporters, an inquest concluded.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2015

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Jury were right to clear Sun quartet – they shouldn’t have been on trial – The Guardian

‘Yet another jury has cleared more Sun journalists who were charged with offences related to the paying of public officials.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2015

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MoD ‘mole’ Bettina Jordan-Barber jailed over Sun leaks – The Guardian

‘A “mole” at the Ministry of Defence who made £100,000 from leaking stories to the Sun has been jailed for 12 months, it can now be reported after verdicts were delivered in a related trial.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2015

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Strangeways riot: Ex-inmates recall siege, 25 years on – BBC News

‘The Strangeways riot was the longest in British penal history and dramatically changed the way UK prisons were run. Twenty-five years on, four people at the centre of the siege explain their part in the drawn-out drama.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2015

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Transparency in the Court of Protection: press should be allowed names – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A healthcare NHS Trust v P & Q [2015] EWCOP (13 March 2015). The Court of Protection has clarified the position on revealing the identity of an incapacitated adult where reporting restrictions apply.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th March 2015

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Radical overhaul of anonymity in approval hearings – Cloisters

Posted March 17th, 2015 in anonymity, media, news, personal injuries, private hearings by sally

‘The Court of Appeal have just handed down judgment in the key case of JXMX v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust [2015] EWCA Civ 96. This fundamentally changes the approach to anonymity in approval hearings.’

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Cloisters, 18th February 2015

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