Media law

By PA Mediapoint 24 October 15:40
Tom Savage told jurors he never knew Scott Chapman's true identity or that he worked at the prison where Jon Venables served time behind bars for child porn offences.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 24 October 14:24
Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe referred to the leak enquiries in his submission to the Leveson Inquiry, when he also revealed his force is "one of the few organisations which has established an independent command to deal exclusively with both overt and covert complaints and investigations".
By PA Mediapoint 24 October 9:35
Daily Star Sunday reporter Tom Savage said it never occurred to him that the contact he knew as Adam was in fact a serving prison officer - but added that if he had known, it would not have mattered "in the slightest".
By William Turvill 24 October 9:22
Met Police assistant commissioner Martin Hewett wrote to the chair of the committee, Keith Vaz MP, to say that the Directorate of Professional Standards was investigating the allegation that the BBC’s story had come from an Operation Yewtree.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 October 8:53
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Strasburger has tabled an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill that would require public authorities to ask a judge before accessing the phone records of journalists.
By PA Media Lawyer 23 October 12:52
The Revs Tana Riviere and Royston Such, who married in August 1995, were particularly outraged as it was the third time that the newspaper had published the false allegation.
By Dominic Ponsford 23 October 7:05
Chief constable of Bedfordshire Police Colette Paul begins her stint as Association of Chief Police Officers media lead at a time when relations between journalists and police officers are at something of a low ebb.
By PA Mediapoint 22 October 15:55
Scott Chapman, 42, was allegedly paid £40,000 for a string of stories about the child killer's time behind bars after he was jailed for child porn offences in 2010.
By Court News UK 22 October 15:40
The journalist made a number of expense claims for a "Surrey police contact" who handed over photographs and scoops, the court heard.
By PA Mediapoint 22 October 9:03
Scott Chapman is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of accepting £40,000 in exchange for tips about Venables while he was in jail for child porn offences in 2010.
By Court News UK 21 October 17:47
Detectives and staff at Broadmoor Hospital leaked details of spree killer Daniel Gonzalez and Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe to the tabloid press, a court heard today.
By Dominic Ponsford 21 October 13:41
The Liberal Democrats last night tabled amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to provide public interest defences to journalists and others accused of computer hacking and bribery.
By PA Media Lawyer 21 October 12:58

American showbiz couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (pictured: Reuters) have settled a lawsuit against celeb weekly Heat after suing the title in Dublin over a story which alleged the singer had "got flirty" with another woman in a nightclu

By Court News UK 21 October 10:22
Senior detectives who investigated the Soham murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were unaware of any leaks to The Sun from inside the massive police operation, a court heard yesterday.
By William Turvill 21 October 10:14
Johnson told the London Press Club Ball on 9 October that “we are going to have to insist in future the police will not be able to see a journalist’s phone records without some kind of prior judicial approval”.
By William Turvill 21 October 9:33
Dewani’s wife, Anni, was shot dead after a taxi she was sharing with her husband was hijacked in Cape Town on 13 November 2010 where they were on their honeymoon.
By William Turvill and Press Association 21 October 8:38
The story, from 29 July, was brought to the attention of the new press regulator by Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston.
By PA Mediapoint 20 October 16:49
Jon Venables told his mother in a phone call he was "pissed off" about stories on his time behind bars for child porn offences.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 October 13:21
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today that the police shold be banned from accessing journalists' call records without the permission of a judge.
By William Turvill 20 October 13:06
Three weeks ago, the Sunday Mirror’s front page revealed that the Conservative MP had exchanged lewd online messages with a journalist - Alex Wickham of the Guido Fawkes blog - posing as a “twenty something Tory PR girl”.

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