Category Archives: Written evidence

Court docs allege illegal watch on Dowler family

The Sunday Mirror hired detectives to keep illegal surveillance on the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, according to papers submitted to court as part of the phone hacking claims against the paper’s owners. News of the claim prompted press reform campaigners to complain that the full facts of the hacking scandal were not coming to light because of a government decision not to go ahead with the second part of the Leveson Inquiry into the conduct of the press. Read more from The Guardian here.

New McNae’s covers bribery, inquests and libel

Bribery, misconduct in public office, access to court material and changes in the law affecting the media are covered in the new, 22nd edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. The new areas of law include access to court material, coroners’ rules, reporting restrictions in the magistrates’ courts, and the Defamation Act 2013 (UK Press Gazette, June 2014). Read more

Co-author Mike Dodd wrote that journalists were at increasing risk of being prosecuted, rather than merely sued, because of new laws such as the Bribery Act and others prompted by new technology (HoldTheFrontPage). Read more