OLD Media Moves

WSJ wins ruling related to phone hacking case

January 17, 2014

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal has won a ruling allowing it to fully report on the Rebekah Brooks phone-hacking trial without having to sign a document that it will abide by reporting restrictions imposed by the judge.

Lisa O’Carroll of The Guardian writes, “This ruling raises the prospect of the New York-based financial newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, reporting differently in the US and Asia in its print editions to its European edition, available in the UK, and the subsequent risk of this being picked up by the internet.

“The Wall Street Journal successfully challenged what it deemed an ‘illogical’ Crown Prosecution Service request to give written agreement to comply with reporting restrictions applying to UK media in exchange for access to prosecution material.

“The request has been made to all foreign media and those who have signed have been given access to CCTV footage, maps, financial statements, transcripts of police interviews with witnesses and defendants, photos of property seized and witness statements shown to the jury in the Old Bailey trial.”

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