Media Law after Leveson: Newsgathering, journalistic sources, and criminal investigations

Damian Carney, University of Portsmouth

Damian Carney, Barrister and Principal Law Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, discusses the implications of the Leveson Report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press for newsgathering, journalistic sources, and criminal investigations at the Media Law after Leveson workshop.
He explores the issues with reference to the police’s attempt to search the News International premises as a result of the phone hacking undertaken there, only to be told that the action was unlawful due to the confidentiality of their sources, and escorted off the premises in what was described as a ‘Mexican standoff’.