Case Law, Australia: Google Inc v Trkulja, Trkulja III not as good as the originals – Justin Castelan

17 02 2017

google-300x101By 2008, Indiana Jones had fought, flown and fallen through several great adventures: all against great odds, in the face of powerful empires and despite significant hurdles, he ploughed on… ultimately to victory. Then came Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. One movie too many. Read the rest of this entry »

Northern Ireland: Defamation claims in 2016 – Olivia O’Kane

13 02 2017

Northern IrelandI have now obtained the figures concerning the numbers of defamation cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2016.  These figures are based on a search of the Court’s records for the period 1 January to 31 December 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Prince Moulay v Elaph Publishing, Moroccan Prince wins libel and data protection appeal against Arabic news publisher – Simon Brown

7 02 2017

230px-prince_moulay_hichamPrince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah Al Alouai of Morocco (‘the Prince’) has won an appeal against Elaph Publishing Limited (‘Elaph’) that now allows him to advance a claim under the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) and also overturned a previous ruling that the words published were not capable of being defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »

News: UKIP MEP to pay £162,000 damages to three MPs over child abuse scandal remarks – Media Lawyer

6 02 2017

Jane CollinsThe UKIP MEP Jane Collins must pay a total of £162,000 in damages to Rotherham’s three Labour MPs over remarks she made about the town’s child abuse scandal, a judge decided today ([2017] EWHC 162 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: lnternet publication, liability and context – Dr David Rolph

4 02 2017

gazetteThe recent Victorian Court of Appeal judgment involving Google illustrates the complexity inherent in applying defamation law to internet publication … Sydney media law academic Dr David Rolph explains why context is paramount.

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News: Statement in Open Court, World-Check database apologises to Mosque over “terrorism” allegation

1 02 2017

finsbury-park-mosqueIn a statement in open court [pdf] read today before HHJ Parkes QC, Thomson Reuters Limited, the publishers of the World-Check database, apologised to Finsbury Park Mosque for publishing a profile report which alleged that there were grounds to suspect that the mosque had continued connections to terrorism. Read the rest of this entry »

Ireland: Reform of the law of defamation – the defence of fair and reasonable publication – Eoin O’Dell

11 01 2017

hurdlesSection 26 of the Defamation Act 2009 (also here) introduced a new defence of fair and reasonable publication into Irish defamation law. In Meegan v Times Newspapers Ltd[2016] IECA 327 (09 November 2016) Hogan J for the Court of Appeal (Finlay Geoghegan and Peart JJ concurring) explained that the Read the rest of this entry »