Government fails to block release of Andrew Lansley diary portions – The Guardian

‘Court rules in favour of journalist Simon Lewis who made FoI request to see diary passages from period of health reforms.’

Full story

The Guardian, 24th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Actress Elizabeth Hurley awarded phone-hacking damages – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2017 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Elizabeth Hurley has received “substantial” damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over phone-hacking.’

Full story

BBC News, 17th May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Whistleblowers and journalists ‘at risk of prison’ in secrets law reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 17th, 2017 in civil servants, media, news, official secrets act, whistleblowers by sally

‘Proposals by the Law Commission to reform the 1989 Official Secrets Act (OSA) could lead to the imprisonment of civil servants and journalists for disclosing information that would be available to anyone asking for it under the Freedom of Information Act, a leading campaigner for freedom of information has said.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Calls for Ofcom to block Sky takeover until Fox News cases are resolved – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2017 in confidentiality, harassment, media, news, takeovers by sally

’21st Century Fox’s takeover of Sky should be blocked until allegations of sexual and racial harassment at Fox News have been resolved, according to a lawyer representing alleged victims in the US.’

Full story

The Guardian, 12th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fox News must let Ofcom meet harassment victims, lawyer says – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2017 in harassment, injunctions, media, news, sex discrimination, victims by sally

‘Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox should waive gagging orders on victims of alleged racial and sexual harassment at Fox News so they can speak to the UK media watchdog, a lawyer representing the victims has said.’

Full story

The Guardian, 11th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Alien ‘chestburster’ scene in ITV News Sir John Hurt tribute breached code, Ofcom rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2017 in children, complaints, media, news by sally

‘ITV News breached the broadcasting code in a tribute to actor Sir John Hurt, watchdog Ofcom has ruled.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Phone-hacking cases continue 10 years after ‘rogue reporter’ jailed – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in damages, interception, media, news, telecommunications, trials by sally

‘Ten years ago the News of the World’s royal editor, Clive Goodman, and the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were jailed for intercepting the voicemails of aides to Prince William and Prince Harry. Andy Coulson resigned from his position as editor of the tabloid shortly afterwards, and an internal investigation concluded phone hacking had been the work of one “rogue reporter”.’

Full story

The Guardian, 1st May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Downward spiral’: UK slips to 40th place in press freedom rankings – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2017 in freedom of expression, investigatory powers, media, news by sally

‘Journalists in the UK are less free to hold power to account than those working in South Africa, Chile or Lithuania, according to an index of press freedom around the world.’

Full story

The Guardian, 26th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Sun threatens legal action over alleged MailOnline copyright breach – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2017 in copyright, media, news by sally

‘The Sun has accused MailOnline of stealing exclusive content and threatened legal proceedings in a sign of the escalating battle for digital news revenues.’

Full story

The Guardian, 25th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supreme Court backs pre-LASPO recoverability of success fees and ATE premiums – Litigation Futures

‘The Supreme Court has ruled against three leading newspaper groups over having to pay claimants’ success fees and after-the-event insurance under the pre-LASPO regime, saying that the media’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights were not engaged as critically as the rights of those suing them.’

Full story

Litigation Futures, 11th April 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Melania Trump accepts Daily Mail damages and apology in libel case – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in damages, defamation, media, news by sally

‘The Daily Mail and Mail Online will pay damages to settle a libel claim brought against it by the US first lady Melania Trump over false claims about her work as a professional model.’

Full story

The Guardian, 12th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dozens of alleged hacking victims join action against Sun publisher – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2017 in compensation, interception, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘New claims bring number of people taking action against News UK over allegations their phones were hacked to around 50.’

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Katie Hopkins cannot appeal Jack Monroe libel tweet case – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2017 in appeals, costs, damages, defamation, media, news by tracey

‘Columnist Katie Hopkins has been told she cannot appeal against a libel action which landed her with a six-figure bill.’

Full story

BBC News, 29th March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lord chief justice attacks Liz Truss for failing to back article 50 judges – The Guardian

‘The lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, has launched a forthright attack on the justice secretary, Liz Truss, for her failure last year to defend judges who were branded “enemies of the people”.’

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Munby: ‘judges should not have to justify themselves’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 13th, 2017 in appeals, judges, judgments, judiciary, media, news by sally

‘The most senior family judge has stepped into the controversy over press attacks on the judiciary, telling solicitors that judges should not have to justify their rulings – while conjuring a dystopian vision of judges being hauled on to Newsnight to defend themselves.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Daniel Morgan: how a 30-year-old murder still haunts Britain’s powerful – The Guardian

‘Private eye’s unsolved death dogs Murdoch bid for Sky and the Met’s reputation, and fuels demands for another Leveson inquiry.’

Full story

The Guardian, 11th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fake news inquiry to review social networks’ complaints procedures – The Guardian

‘A parliamentary inquiry into fake news is to consider legislation forcing social networks to improve the way they handle complaints after Facebook’s failure to remove sexualised images of children.’

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Recent ruling a reminder that journalistic defence can defeat data protection breach claims, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘ A ruling by the High Court in London last month highlights the special rules that publishers can rely on under UK data protection law to defeat claims that they have processed personal data unlawfully.’

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Jaguar ad ‘encouraged unsafe driving’ rules watchdog – BBC News

Posted March 8th, 2017 in advertising, careless driving, media, news, telecommunications, transport by tracey

‘An advertorial article published in the Guardian about a new Jaguar car has been rebuked by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority.’

Full story

BBC News, 8th March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

All you need are costs: “real party” must pay in dispute over Beatles documentary – Litigation Futures

Posted March 7th, 2017 in copyright, costs, intellectual property, media, news by tracey

‘A venture capitalist was the “real party” in a dispute between two companies over a documentary based on the Beatles’ first concert in the USA, a High Court judge has held.’

Full story

Litigation Futures, 7th March 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com