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Who was hacked? A new report investigates

Reading coverage of the various hacking trials (News of the World in 2013/14 and now Mirror Group Newspapers) you could be forgiven for thinking phone hacking was all about celebrities. Celebrities attract attention, attract news interest, and sell papers. This is perhaps why many of the news reports of phone hacking have concentrated on celebrities and are illustrated with photographs of celebrities.

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Paying the price

The not guilty verdicts at the recent trial of four Sun journalists on charges relating to payments to public officials has led to the Metropolitan Police’s “Operation Elveden” being branded a failure by The Sun and other tabloid newspapers. Demands to “stop the witch-hunt” and in one case a comparison between the Crown Prosecution Service and Hitler have graced our red-top press. Read more of this post at:

Judge Saunders roasts Kavanagh

In his rambling account of the “Sun Four” trial, which ended on 22 March with the acquittal of four of the paper’s journalists, Trevor Kavanagh sets great store by the words of the trial Judge, Mr Justice Saunders. Kav told that Saunders “summed it up: ‘This is an extremely difficult charge even for lawyers to understand. It’s even more difficult to explain it to a jury’”. Read more at:

Union backing for media manifesto

More than 100 delegates from unions across Yorkshire and Humberside voted unanimously to support a motion tabled by the Leeds NUJ branch calling for wider labour movement backing for the manifesto. NUJ member Adam Christie, who also sits on the CPBF national council, told the Yorkshire and Humber TUC annual general meeting in Bradford of the concentration of news industry ownership and reminded delegates that attempts to regulate national newspapers since the Leveson Report was published in 2012 were still dominated by proprietors and editors.

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