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).
GQ magazine’s publisher was found guilty of contempt of court over a columnist’s piece about the Coulson hacking trial. A judge found substantial risk of serious prejudice. GQ’s lawyers had cleared it, reported The Guardian. Read more
Mirror Group Newspapers was told in June 2015 that it could not appeal against the highest damages ever awarded in privacy cases. Celebrities Sadie Frost, Paul Gascoigne and Shane Ritchie were among eight people subjected to prolonged phone hacking, Press Gazette reported. Read more
Denise Van Outen, John Leslie, Hugh Grant, Rhys Ifans… Press Gazette lists 98 people lined up to sue Mirror Group newspapers in the wake of the phone hacking scandal (May 2015). Read more
A Media Standards Trust report (March 2015) estimated that 5,500 people were hacked by the News of the World. Of 500+ cases analysed, 69% did not involve celebrities; about ten per cent of victims were caught up in tragedy.
The actor George Clooney – son of a journalist – announced he was preparing to direct a film telling the story of the investigation into phone hacking (Press Gazette, September 2014). Read more
Terrorism laws could be used against political journalists and bloggers, an independent watchdog warned (Guadian, August 2014). Read more
Press Gazette law writer Cleland Thom responded with a list of other laws that could be used to constrain media freedom, here
The 2014 report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation is here