Should the press be able to report the evidence in a financial remedy case? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 13th, 2014 in divorce, evidence, family courts, media, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘There was before the court a substantive hearing in respect of financial claims arising from divorce proceedings between a husband and wife (Cooper-Hohn v Hohn). The issue of reporting of the proceedings arose and the necessary application was made on behalf of the media.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th August 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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M v Times Newspapers Ltd and others – WLR Daily

M v Times Newspapers Ltd and others [2014] EWCA Civ 1132; [2014] WLR (D) 371

‘The decision of a court to allow publication of a report which might lead to the identification of a person who had been arrested but not charged with any offence and was not a party to criminal proceedings would not be interfered with unless the court, in carrying out the evaluative exercise of balancing the competing public interest of freedom of expression in a report of court proceedings against the person’s right to private and family life, had erred in principle or reached a conclusion which was plainly wrong.’

WLR Daily, 1st August 2014

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News International lawyers face tribunal over alleged hacking coverup – The Guardian

‘Two lawyers working for News International at the height of the phone hacking scandal are being prosecuted by the legal profession’s regulator for allegedly seeking to cover up the scale of criminality at the News of the World.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2014

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Appeal court backs publication of arrest names – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A man arrested but never charged over sexual offences has failed to persuade the Court of Appeal that newspapers should be barred from identifying him.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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The death of privacy – The Guardian

‘Google knows what you’re looking for. Facebook knows what you like. Sharing is the norm, and secrecy is out. But what is the psychological and cultural fallout from the end of privacy?’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2014

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Max Mosley to sue Google over sex party images – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2014 in data protection, internet, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him with prostitutes at a sex party.’

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The Independent, 30th July 2014

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Ex-NoW journalist Dan Evans gets suspended sentence over hacking – The Guardian

‘A former journalist at the News of the World who admitted listening to more than 1,000 hacked voicemail messages has been spared jail because of what the judge said was his “unique” role in giving the prosecution evidence in the trial of Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and others.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2014

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UK terrorism laws so broad it has begun to ‘catch those it never intended to’ – The Independent

Posted July 24th, 2014 in legislation, media, news, reports, terrorism by sally

‘UK anti-terrorism laws are so broadly drawn they are in danger of catching journalists, bloggers, and those it was “never intended to cover” the counter-terrorism watchdog has said.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2014

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Rhys Ifans and Michael Barrymore awarded damages in phone hacking case – The Independent

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy by sally

‘Rhys Ifans and Michael Barrymore have both received undisclosed damages at the close of their phone hacking lawsuit.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2014

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Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapses over Mazher Mahmood’s evidence – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in drug trafficking, evidence, media, news, trials, witnesses by sally

‘The trial of the singer and TV entertainer Tulisa Contostavlos over drugs allegations has dramatically collapsed after the judge ruled that the Sun investigative reporter whose evidence was central to the case had seemingly lied on oath.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2014

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Ofcom resolves BBC Daily Politics swearing case – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2014 in BBC, complaints, media, news, obscenity, ombudsmen by tracey

‘BBC Two’s Daily Politics Show has been cleared by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom after a Conservative MP swore during a live edition of the daytime programme.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2014

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Police chiefs end clampdown on whistleblowers to the media – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs have ended a clampdown on whistleblowers to the media with a new code of ethics that puts officers under a “positive obligation” to challenge failings by their colleagues and their bosses.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2014

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UK news organisations criticise Google over implementation of new law – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2014 in EC law, internet, media, names, news, privacy by tracey

‘Google has come under fire for its “clumsy” approach to obeying Europe’s new “right to be forgotten” law, after it began blocking some name-based searches to articles on the websites of UK news organisations. The Guardian, Daily Mail and BBC complained about the search engine implementing a ruling made in May by Europe’s highest court, the European court of justice, by starting to remove links to some pages when searches are made against particular names.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Lawyer seeks shorter Andy Coulson sentence – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in conspiracy, interception, media, news, privacy, sentencing, telecommunications by sally

‘Andy Coulson did not know the phone hacking going on while he was News of the World editor was illegal and this fact should mitigate the sentence he faces, his lawyer has said.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2014

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Hacking trial: Legal battle set to cost taxpayers millions of pounds – The Independent

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in appeals, conspiracy, costs, fees, interception, media, news, privacy, prosecutions by sally

‘A legal battle between Rupert Murdoch’s News UK and England’s prosecuting authorities over the “astronomical” costs of the record-breaking phone hacking trial will involve “millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money”.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2014

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Benefits Street did not breach Ofcom guidelines despite complaints – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2014 in benefits, children, complaints, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Controversial Channel 4 show Benefits Street did not breach broadcasting guidelines despite complaints, Ofcom rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2014

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Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman face re-trial – BBC News

‘Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman are to face a re-trial on a charge that they bought royal telephone directories from police officers.’

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BBC News, 30th June 2014

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Phone hacking: it was right to charge Rebekah Brooks, says Keir Starmer – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors were right to charge Rebekah Brooks and other News of the World executives over conspiracy to hack phones as the trials have helped determine who knew about widespread malpractice at the newspaper, Sir Keir Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions, has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2014

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Andy Coulson trial: jurors fail to reach verdicts on remaining charges – The Guardian

‘The trial of Andy Coulson has ended after the jury failed to reach majority verdicts on two remaining counts that he conspired to commit misconduct in public office by paying public officials for the acquisition of royal phone books.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2014

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Open justice and freedom of information – Browning in the Court of Appeal – Panopticon

‘The issue of just how open our justice system should be is an issue which is or should be of fundamental concern to all practising lawyers. If, as Jeremy Bentham once stated ‘publicity is the very soul of justice’ (cited by Lord Shaw in the leading case of Scott v Scott [1913] AC 477), then an open justice system is the corporeal expression of that soul. However, we now live in times where open justice is increasingly under threat. Indeed, as last week’s headlines reminded us all, matters have now got to a stage where some judges at least have been prepared to allow, not merely the deployment of a limited closed procedure to deal with certain aspects of a case, but a completely secret trial. It no doubt came as a relief to many that the Court of Appeal was not prepared to sanction such a comprehensive departure from the open justice principle: Guardian News v AB CD. However, the mere fact that the judiciary was prepared to contemplate such a procedure shows how far we have come since the days of Scott v Scott.’

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Panopticon, 18th June 2014

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