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. Read the rest of this entry »