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The Independent’s website independent.co.uk enjoyed the largest growth among newspaper websites during December, according to official figures released today.

Andrew Grice: Is News International's misery Gordon Brown's revenge?

Some say Mr Brown believes he could still be Prime Minister today if the most recent claims about hacking had emerged before the election

Why it could make financial sense to fold the 'NOTW'

Rebekah Brooks strode in to the newsroom to make an announcement that took everyone by surprise. “Costs will need to be cut and savings made,” she warned – the News of the World and The Sun could be merged into a seven-day operation.

Sun and Mirror in the dock over coverage of Joanna Yeates murder

The Sun and the Daily Mirror breached contempt of court laws during their coverage of the murder of Joanna Yeates in Bristol, the Attorney General told the High Court yesterday. Dominic Grieve QC said the nature of reporting from the two tabloids after the arrest of Ms Yeates' landlord Chris Jefferies was "so exceptional, memorable and adverse" that there was "substantial risk of serious prejudice" to any trial he might have faced.

Baby P social worker wins damages from The Sun

Social worker Sylvia Henry has accepted undisclosed damages from The Sun newspaper in the High Court after being wrongly blamed for the death of Peter Connelly, better known as Baby P.

Sir Fred Goodwin 'affair' injunction upheld

A High Court judge today refused to lift an order banning journalists naming a woman with whom former bank boss Sir Fred Goodwin had an "extra-marital affair".

Kevin Bacon doesn't understand 'evil' greed

Kevin Bacon doesn't understand why people want a lot of money.

Andy McSmith: A plainspoken politician who spoke too plainly

Margaret Thatcher singled out Ken Clarke in her memoirs as someone she included in her Cabinet because his skill as a communicator made him more dangerous to her out than in.

Twist in the tale of super-injunctions: judge says footballer 'was blackmail victim'

A former Big Brother contestant yesterday failed in an attempt to overturn a gagging order covering her alleged affair with a married Premiership footballer after a judge ruled she may have been trying to blackmail the star with demands for a signed shirt, match tickets and up to £100,000.

Contempt of court case raises difficult issues

Two newspapers are facing charges over their treatment of Joanna Yeates's landlord. Stephen Glover weighs the evidence

Papers face action on Joanna Yeates case

The High Court is to decide whether articles published in two national newspapers following the arrest of a suspect by police investigating the killing of landscape architect Joanna Yeates were in contempt of court.

Stephen Glover: What Mail Online could teach its rivals

Media Studies: Online newspapers which don't charge can be profitable, and their success need not be at the expense of print

Letter from the editor: Facing the public

There are dangers associated with meeting your public. Just ask Nick Clegg or Gordon Brown: there’s a Mrs Duffy waiting everywhere to handbag you.

The Stone Roses to 'reunite'

The Stone Roses are set to reunite.

Brooks asked to reveal Sun's payments to police

The head of the parliamentary inquiry into phone hacking has written to News International's chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, to ask for details of alleged payments made by The Sun newspaper to police officers.

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