Case Law: Bou Malhab v Diffusion Métromedia CMR Inc – group libel in Canada – Hugh Tomlinson QC

23 02 2011

In last week’s judgment in the case of Bou Malhab v Diffusion Métromedia CMR Inc (2011 SCC 9)  the Supreme Court of Canada refused to permit a “class action” for libel by Arabic and Creole speaking Montreal taxi drivers who had been subjected to racist and abusive coments by Andre Arthur, a “shock jock” (turned MP)(pictured right) in the course of a radio broadcast.  Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Abdul v DPP, “British Soldiers go to Hell” and free speech – Isabel McArdle

23 02 2011

In Munim Abdul and Others v Director of Public Prosecutions [2011] EWHC 247 (Admin) the High Court ruled that prosecution of a group of people who had shouted slogans, including, “burn in hell”, “baby killers” and “rapists” at a parade of British soldiers, was not a breach of their right to freedom of expression, protected by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Five men were convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused Read the rest of this entry »