Battle over Freedom of Information

Talk of reining-in Britain’s Freedom of Information laws has met with a fierce reaction. Critics say they encourage lazy journalism but the counter argument is that they allow the media to uncover information that deserves to be in the public domain. Local authorities complain about the cost. Some key links:

Modern Slavery victims now anonymous for life

Victims of crimes under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 now have the same right to lifelong anonymity as victims of alleged sex offences. This includes victims of alleged human trafficking crimes including child porn, illegal organ donation, forced prostitution, forced labour and domestic servitude, says the HoldTheFrontPage law column. Read more

End of hacking cases and no second Leveson

Long-running phone hacking investigations came to an end after four years in December 2015, the Crown Prosecution Service announced, after insufficient evidence in the latest crop of cases. Read more

The Times later reported that the second part of the Leveson Inquiry, into what happened at the News Of The World, was being quietly shelved because the ground had already been covered in criminal trials. Read more

Press Gazette reported that the Metropolitan Police had spent £40million investigating hacking (11 December 2015).