News The Independent website grew by 7.94 per cent to 29,894,151 unique monthly users

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

Sun news editor charged with corrupt payments

Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption investigation has announced charges against The Sun’s former deputy news editor, Ben O’Driscoll. He becomes the 14th journalist on the Murdoch-owned daily title to be charged in connection with the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Elveden investigation.

Police officers and Sun and Mirror journalists charged over corruption

A former senior Sun journalist, an ex-Daily Mirror journalist, a police officer and a prison officer have appeared in court charged in relation to the investigation into corrupt payments to police and public officials.

Operation Elveden: Ex-Sun and Mirror journalists among nine facing charges

Investigation into corrupt payments to police and public officials

Coronation Street star Chris Fountain suspended over 'totally unacceptable' secret rap alter-ego The Phantom

25-year-old who plays Tommy Duckworth said he is 'deeply ashamed' of the lyrics which boasted about acts of rape and violence

Rupert Murdoch is trusted on press regulation by only 15 per cent of Sun readers

Newspapers cannot be trusted to regulate themselves, say readers

Newspapers that are vehemently opposed to a Parliament-approved royal charter on press regulation are at odds with the views of their own readers, a YouGov survey has found.

Lucy Holmes, who launched the No More Page 3 petition

'Keep the bare boobs out of The Sun': Is Page 3 about to move upmarket?

Campaigners bolstered by Sun editor’s decision to ‘reinvent’ its most famous and controversial fixture for the 21st century

Beyoncé pictured with her father Matthew Knowles in 2005

Beyoncé's father sues The Sun for 'maliciously' misrepresenting his relationship with his daughter

Beyoncé’s father Matthew Knowles is suing The Sun for defamation over claims the paper “knowingly and maliciously” misrepresented his relationship with his daughter, whom he managed until 2011.

The Sun

'It's a good way of selling newspapers': The Sun opts to keep Page 3 but ditches News In Briefs

New editor David Dinsmore vowed to keep printing pictures of topless women despite pressure from campaigners

Former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has appeared in court over drugs offences

Former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide in court over cocaine sting

Former champ was caught by an undercover journalist

Kevin Maxwell, who suffered homophobia during his time with the Met

Kevin Maxwell: 'I was meant to be the future. I ticked the boxes'

A gay and mixed race former police officer has told the Commons about the mistreatment to which he was subjected by the Met

Women need to embrace inequality, not fight it

Why not give your daughters less pocket money than your sons? A responsible parent will teach their children not to resist the inevitable

News Corp unveils logo that pays homage to Murdochs

The news-based News Corp business that will encompass the existing conglomerate's publishing interests when it splits into two at the end of June will adopt a logo based on the handwriting of Rupert Murdoch and his father, Keith.

Chris Jefferies

Libel victim Chris Jefferies backs Home Secretary's campaign to avoid naming crime suspects until they are charged

He agrees with Theresa May that there are exceptional circumstances 'such as in child abuse cases where it might encourage other victims to come forward'

Former police sergeant James Bowes who is facing jail after admitting selling information to The Sun newspaper

Former police sergeant faces jail for selling information to The Sun

A former police sergeant is facing jail after admitting selling information to The Sun newspaper.

Smiths News finds that it pays to diversify

Smiths News, Britain's biggest newspaper and magazine distributor, reported a 6 per cent jump in half-year profits to £19.9m as its policy of diversifying into books, education and care products boosted turnover.

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