Lee Kuan Yew and freedom of expression: the libel action as a means of silencing political opposition – Tessa Evans

26 03 2015

Lee Kuan YewLee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s prime minister of 31 years and the man credited with turning the city-state into one of Asia’s most prosperous countries, died last week at the age of 91. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Hockey v Fairfax Media Publications, Final Submissions in Federal Treasurer’s defamation trial

18 03 2015

gazetteOn 16 March 2015, the Federal Court of Australia heard final addresses in the defamation action brought by the federal treasurer, Joe Hockey, against Fairfax Media.  They illuminated more than just legal arguments – they have revealed the very different styles of counsel involved. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Cruddas v Calvert, Sunday Times appeal allowed in part, ex Conservative Treasurer’s damages reduced to £50,000

17 03 2015

Sunday Times CruddasThe Sunday Times and two of its journalists have been partially successful in their appeal against the decision of Tugendhat J in Cruddas v Calvert awarding damages of  £180,000 to former Conservative party treasurer, Peter Cruddas ([2015] EWCA Civ 171). The Court of Appeal unanimously allowed the appeal on one of three grounds, finding that the allegation of corrupt conduct was true. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Sandra De Poi v Advertiser News Weekend Publishing Company Pty Ltd, MP’s ex loses “dishonest electoral practice” defamation action – Yvonne Kux

13 03 2015

gazetteSandra De Poi, the former partner of South Australia Labor MP Leon Bignell and a WorkCover board member, has lost her defamation action against the publisher of The Sunday Mail. Read the rest of this entry »





A leap of faith, the rise of religious libel cases – Hardeep Singh

11 03 2015

image002Libel claims are often associated with top-level political figures or celebrities, like the now infamous fanfare of the Plebgate saga. There is, however, a significant trend in ‘religious libel’ cases in the UK, involving claims brought or defended by adherents of British minority faiths. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Bussey v Page, “Unknown hacker” defence rejected, libel damages of £50,000 for internet abuse

10 03 2015

The Bussey Law Firm, Google+ cover photo, company page (1)In the case of Bussey Law Firm PC and Timothy Raymond Bussey v Jason Page (aka Jay Page) ([2015] EWHC 563 (QB)) a US lawyer and his firm were awarded libel damages of £50,000 for internet abuse by an individual in England.   Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Canada: Baglow v Smith, defence of “fair comment” succeeds in landmark blogging libel case

5 03 2015

free-dominion-libel-1024x843The long running and high profile “blogger defamation” case of Baglow v Smith has been determined in the defendant’s favour.  In a judgment handed down on 23 February 2015 ( [2015] ONSC 1175), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that the operators of a right wing message board were publishers of defamatory material concerning a left wing blogger.  However, the claim failed because defendants were entitled to rely on the defence of “fair comment”,  The case addressed, for the first time, a number of issues concerning “blogging and the law of defamation. Read the rest of this entry »








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