February 15, 2013
Police are set to be given new powers to seize confidential material from journalists.
In a worrying blow to Press freedom, the changes may also mean journalists will be forced to identify whistleblowers to the police.
Critics said the Home Office proposals, which follow recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson, would undermine investigative journalism and free speech.
It is feared that the changes will remove legal protections for anyone who [...]
By Mike “Mish” Shedlock
“Big Brother” in Action
In case you have not already realized it, 1984 has come and gone politically. All that remains is how fast we march down the path of “thought suppression”. Here are a couple of articles that will make my point.
The Telegraph reports EU wants power to sack journalists:
A European Union report has urged tight press regulation and demanded that Brussels officials are given control of national [...]
January 22, 2013
The “high level” recommendations that will be used to draft future EU legislation also attack David Cameron for failing to automatically implement proposals by the Lord Justice Leveson inquiry for a state regulation of British press.
A “high level” EU panel, that includes Latvia’s former president and a former German justice minister, was ordered by Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president, last year to report on “media freedom and [...]
A protester has branded Tony Blair a war criminal after storming the Leveson Inquiry hearing where the former prime minister is giving evidence.
The man, dressed in a white shirt and chinos, entered the room from behind Lord Justice Leveson where the door is manned by a sole usher.
He appeared to catch security at the Royal Courts of Justice off guard and was able to shout out his message before he [...]
March 20, 2012
A woman drugs mule who is pregnant has won her High Court battle against extradition to Argentina on the grounds that her removal would violate her human rights.
Lucy Wright, in her late 20s, from Bolton, Lancashire, had made a pledge to plead guilty to cocaine smuggling charges if her extradition to South America was halted and she was tried in the UK.
Today two judges in London [...]
Online news sources such as Twitter and celebrity-focused blogs could put newspapers like The Sun out of business, its editor told a parliamentary committee on Thursday.
Dominic Mohan said that if such sites were able to report scandals that newspapers were forbidden to write about because of privacy injunctions, readers and advertising money could flow from the press to the internet.
Mr Mohan told the privacy and injunctions committee of peers [...]
McNally: clarified situation on solicitor-to-solicitor referrals
The government is to consider tightening up the ban on referral fees in personal injury and also introducing statutory regulation of third-party litigation funding, it confirmed yesterday.
While rejecting calls to exempt charities and trade unions from the ban, justice minister Lord McNally told the House of Lords that the government would scrutinise amendments laid by solicitor Lord Hunt of Wirral, who told peers that “there [...]
Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, are to be questioned about the phone hacking scandal under oath in the High Court
Lord Justice Leveson, the man who prosecuted Rose West, will hold his inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice.
David Cameron and other senior politicians are also likely to be questioned over their links to News International, the parent company of the News of [...]