Some of Britain's leading newspaper groups have gone to court to seek an injunction against the proposed royal charter. The Guardian reports they are upset with the government's "irrational" rejection of their proposed self-regulatory alternative and have asked for a judicial review of the matter. Earlier they asked the Queen not to sign the charter, which would set the framework for defamation cases when complaints about coverage arose.
Meantime, the case that spurred the inquiry that spurred the proposed charter and self-regulation made its way into court Monday. The Press Gazette said the judge in the case suggests the phone-hacking trial for former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson could take six months.
Lately, with a U.S. media shield law in the offing, there has been debate about what or who should be covered. It has raised the question of who is a journalist and which activities define one. Now two academics have examined a range of studies to produce what they think is a description. Andrew Beaujon, writing for Poynter, notes they have a definition of a journalist as "someone employed to regularly engage in gathering, processing, and disseminating (activities) news and information (output) to serve the public role. " But the authors note that leaves out potentially large numbers of new contributors and wonder if the acts of journalism might be the better focus.