News UK said it had settled a libel claim from the parents of missing toddler Madeleine McCann. It admitted wrongly reporting that they withheld a key piece of information from investigators (Press Gazette). Read more
Prosecutors dropped a criminal case that arose from an investigation by the undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, who had been suspended by The Sun over the collapsed Tulisa trial (Press Gazette). Read more
An artist asked Google to hide a “positive” story about his early work from searches, because his painting style had changed. A paper called it “absurd” (HoldTheFrontPage). Read more
The estranged wife of a paedophile should not have been mentioned in a Telegraph story about him, the PCC said in its final ruling. The paper did not make checks that would show they had separated (Press Gazette). Read more
Press Gazette launched a campaign to protect news sources after revelations that the police considered it legal to secretly obtain journalists’ phone records. It said it breached the right to freedom of expression, which included the right to protect sources (September 2014). Read more
Nick Davies, who exposed phone hacking, said police should have gone before a judge to justify examining a Sun journalist’s phone records. He said journalists targeted by public authorities should check whether their records had been snooped on. Read more
Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018.
Military personnel, including civilians, cadets and volunteers, were ordered to report all encounters with the media, even in social and family situations. Press Gazette said it might mean journalists could no longer report stories such as failure to equip soldiers in war zones (September 2014). Read more