Libel Reform and Scotland, the Silence of the Lords – Paul Tweed

21 03 2014

Paul TweedDuring the course of what has been an intense, and often vitriolic, debate in the House of Lords on the decision not to implement the Defamation Act 2013 in Northern Ireland, the failure to even mention the similar stance taken by Scotland is somewhat bewildering. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Defamation claims in 2013, numbers stabilise – Olivia O’Kane

21 03 2014

High-Court-BelfastCourt records show that the number of libel cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2013 remains at a similar level to 2011 and 2012.  The total of all claims, in the High Court and the County Court, was 32 in 2012 and 30 in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland Law and Media Annual Round Up 2013 – Olivia O’Kane

12 02 2014

High-Court-BelfastThe Courts in Northern Ireland heard a wide range of media law cases in 2013. In this post I will provide summaries of the most important cases in which judgments were given and are publicly available. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: Has Ireland set an example which the UK should follow? – Paul Tweed

5 01 2014

Paul TweedWith the coming into force of the new Defamation Act on 1 January 2014 it remains to be seen whether the Government has scored an economic own goal in relation to the requirement that a company will have to establish “serious financial loss” in order to be entitled to protect the reputational integrity of a brand or product. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: J19 and J20 v Facebook Ireland, “Imprecise” injunctions against Facebook unenforceable – Rosalind English

5 12 2013

FacebookIn the case of J19 and J20 v Facebook Ireland ([2013] NIQB 113) the High Court in Northern Ireland chose to depart from the “robust” Strasbourg approach to service providers and their liability for comments hosted on their sites. Such liability, said the judge, was not consonant with the EC Directive on E-Commerce. Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting Restrictions and Anonymity Orders in Northern Ireland – Olivia O’Kane

28 07 2013

anonymity21Northern Ireland Editor’s Liaison Group is made up of senior editors within the local broadcast and newspaper industry in Northern Ireland.  The aim of this informal group of editors is to discuss matters of general concern and as to how the media industry operates in this jurisdiction. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Northern Ireland and the mystery of the missing Defamation Act

5 05 2013

Sammy WilsonAs we noted in March, the Defamation Act 2013 will not extend to Northern Ireland. This is slightly surprising. In contrast to Scotland – where the law of defamation has never been the same as in England – the law in Northern Ireland has always, been in all relevant respects, identical to that in England in Wales (see Olivia O’Kane’s post here). Why then has the Northern Ireland Executive not passed a “legislative consent motion” to extend the Defamation Act to the province? Read the rest of this entry »








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