Media law

By Court News UK 24 November 10:37
Jamie Pyatt, 51, who is accused of of paying public officials for confidential information at The Sun between 2002 and 2011, described his 2011 arrest as "awkward" and "distressing".
By William Turvill 24 November 9:36
Six journalists last week launched a legal challenge after they found, through subject access requests under the Data Protection Act, surveillance information about them on the Met's “National Domestic Extremism” database. This came after the Times reported earlier this month the the force's National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit holds 2,000 records which relate to photographers and journalists.
By PA Mediapoint 21 November 10:45
The former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications boss left Hollesley Bay, an open prison in Suffolk, this morning.
By Dominic Ponsford 21 November 8:18
The Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers to appeal in a case in which it was ordered to pay £65,000 in libel damages to a management consultant it alleged had won a contract with the Metropolitan Police through cronyism.
By PA Media Lawyer 21 November 7:44

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to give young people caught up in legal proceedings, including victims and witnesses, lifelong anonymity.

By PA Mediapoint 20 November 17:24
Gillian Weatherley, who was dismissed for gross misconduct in April after a disciplinary panel found her to be a "thoroughly dishonest and incredible witness", was on duty on the Downing Street gates in September 2012 when Mitchell tried to cycle through.
By PA Media Lawyer 20 November 16:49
Brian Aitken pleaded guilty to a charge of having breached the order in a report which appeared in the newspaper in May last year.
By Court News UK 20 November 14:25
The freedom of the press is at stake after a Sun reporter was dragged through the courts for “doing her job”, the Old Bailey heard today.
By Court News UK 20 November 14:07
Jamie Pyatt, 51, the newspaper's Thames Valley district reporter, said a succession of sixth form pupils sold him tales of the latest scandal from the private boarding school.
By Court News UK 20 November 10:08
The trial of a reporter accused of paying a government official for stories 'is not about The Sun newspaper as an institution', the Old Bailey heard.
By Court News UK 20 November 9:54
Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt told Kingston Crown Court said Sun reporters routinely fiddled their expenses as compensation for working long hours in a tough environment.
By PA Mediapoint 19 November 17:57
The "Plebgate" row was "just a quirky incident with a gentleman on a bicycle who had the hump", the High Court has heard.
By PA Mediapoint 19 November 14:54
The police officer at the centre of "Plebgate" has denied at the High Court that the words he attributed to former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell were an "invention". Mitchell's QC, James Price, challenged Pc Toby Rowland that he gave his version of their September 2012 encounter in Downing Street to justify giving the Cabinet minister a warning under the Public Order Act.
By Court News UK 19 November 14:39

Ronnie Wood's Russian lover sold her story after he burned her with a cigarette, dragged her across the pavement and choked her in the street, the Old Bailey heard.

By PA Mediapoint 19 November 9:14
Government leaks are the "lifeblood" of political journalism in Britain, media commentator Roy Greenslade (pic: The Guardian) told the trial of a Sun reporter today.
By Court News UK 19 November 8:58
Pharo yesterday denied knowing that a Broadmoor healthcare assistant, an alleged contact of reporter Jamie Pyatt, was a public official.
By PA Mediapoint 18 November 14:27
A reporter with the Sun newspaper paid a police officer and a prison officer for stories and kept a stolen phone overnight to check out its contents, a court heard today.
By Court News UK 18 November 14:19
The 40-year-old is accused of arranging payments of £17,475 to senior press officer Jonathan Hall over a period spanning more than three years, in exchange for tips.
By PA Mediapoint 18 November 13:15
Journalists Matthew d'Ancona and Isabel Oakshott are among a number of high-profile individuals to provide character witness statements for Andrew Mitchell in the Plebgate libel trial today.
By Court News UK 18 November 12:56
Chris Pharo (pictured, Reuters), 45, the head of news, said he did not ask where stories had come from because he was too junior to "police" the newsroom.

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