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Illegally selling or using personal information will carry a jail term for the first time under new Government proposals.
it is planned to increase the maximum punishment to two years’ imprisonment for misusing data such as addresses, bank details, telephone records and financial material.
Newspapers and other media had expressed concern that this could threaten investigative journalists who sometimes seek personal data about someone suspected of wrongdoing, but calls for a new, wider public interest defence were rejected.
Officials said there were already measures in place to protect legitimate journalism, which would not be affected by the proposed changes.

Newspaper circulation is growing, according to new and revised data from the World Association of Newspapers – and new newspapers are being launched at a remarkable rate. The data shows:

  • global newspaper circulation up 9.95 per cent over five years and 2.36 per cent over 12 months;
  • daily newspaper titles surpassing 10,000 for first time;
  • more than 450m copies being sold daily;
  • in excess of 1.4bn paid-newspaper readers;
  • total free daily circulation has more than doubled in five years.

    Mike Ward, head of UCLan’s journalism department, has paid tribute to one of its sports journalism students, 18-year-old Matthew Hesketh, who died in a road accident.
    He said: “Matthew was a young man full of promise just embarking on his chosen path of sports journalism. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

    Ian Fisher has been appointed managing director of Mortons Print Ltd. Ian joined the independent Lincolnshire company as deputy managing director (commercial) in 2006.
    He has a deep knowledge of the newspaper contract printing industry, his previous post being that of general manager of The Northcliffe Press at Stoke. Prior to that he had spent ten years at Westferry Printers.

    More than 400 people packed All Saints Parish Church in Otley to mourn former press photographer, Edward “Ted” Winpenny, who died aged 77.
    He joined the Yorkshire Evening Post in 1951 as a photographer, moving to the Daily Mail as staff photographer covering northern England in 1961. After being made redundant in 1971, he established his own commercial photography business in Otley.

    Due to the volume of requests for more time to prepare entries, the organisers of the 2006/7 Commonwealth Photographic Awards – the Commonwealth Press Union – have decided to extend the deadline for entries for the to Friday April 27.