Chris Mullin outside the Old Bailey © Tim Dawson

On Friday (25 February 2022), Detective Constable Darren Sutton cut an uncomfortable figure in the witness box at the Old Bailey. Little wonder. At the behest of his employer, West Midlands Police (WMP), he was attempting to undermine a journalist’s imperative undertaking …

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I observed Julian Assange’s extradition hearings in February and September 2020 on behalf of the International Federation of Journalists and the National Union of Journalists. I was also the only reporter whose daily coverage of the court case appeared in …

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Julian Assange’s extradition hearing took its last evidence at the Old Bailey, London yesterday. Closing submissions will be made in writing and Judge Baraitser’s ruling will be handed down on 4 January at The Old Bailey. Until 23 May 2019 …

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A crowd outside the Express building in Fleet Street awaits Amy Johnson in 1932. (Getty)

In the rat-infested basement of The Public Benefit Boot Company in Leeds City Market, Harry Proctor was sacked. His boss had caught him reading a novel. The tattered pages had already worked their magic, however. It was 1932 and Proctor, …

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Article originally published in the December 2019 editor of NUJ Informed. Each September, Porthcawl is alive with white jumpsuits, improbable sideburns and gyroscopic hips as 40,000 Elvis impersonators descend on the Welsh resort. “Arrests are very rare, the whole event …

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Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid

A report on the general meeting of the European Federation of Journalists in Tallinn, Estonia 9 – 10 May 2019 Listening to Estonia’s president (pictured above), it would be easy to feel optimistic about press freedom and media plurality. Kersti …

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