Northern Ireland: Reform of the law of defamation, the defence of honest opinion – Eoin O’Dell

20 07 2016

honest_opinionIn Northern Ireland, the Minister for Finance has just published a Review of the Law of Defamation, prepared for it by Andrew Scott (Associate Professor of Law, LSE). Prof Scott had prepared a consultation paper for the Northern Ireland Law Commission (NILC) in November 2014. The consultation period closed on 20 February 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview, Northern Ireland: CG v Facebook Ireland, Facebook appeals damages award in “Keeping Kids Safe from Predators” case – Aidan Wills

2 04 2016

FacebookOn Monday and Tuesday, 4 and 5 April 2016 the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland will hear an appeal from the judgment of Stephens J in CG v Facebook Ireland Ltd & Anor [2015] NIQB 11.  The case will require the Court to determine a number of important issues of principle relating to intermediary liability. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: Galloway v Frazer, Google Inc (YouTube) and Ors, the Kitchen Sink against the “Internet Behemoth” – Ashley Hurst and Emma Cross

25 02 2016

George GallowayIn Galloway v William Frederick Frazer, Google Inc t/a YouTube and others, Mr Justice Horner in the High Court of Northern Ireland refused an application by Google Inc. (“Google”) to set aside an order granting leave to George Galloway to serve proceedings out of the jurisdiction on Google.  Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland District Judge acquits Pastor of “gross offence” against Muslims – Rosalind English

18 02 2016

molana“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation”. (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī , 13th Century Persian Islamic scholar and poet)These words were the last in the ruling by DJ McNally in the Belfast county court, acquitting Pastor McConnell of grossly offending Muslims in a sermon that had been delivered in church but also transmitted over the internet (DPP v McConnell [2016] NI Mag 1). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: McAuley v Sunday Newspapers Ltd, Application for media injunction under Articles 2 and 3 dismissed – Hugh Tomlinson QC

9 09 2015

High-Court-BelfastOn 26 August 2015, Stephens J sitting in the Queen’s Bench Division in Northern Ireland, handed down judgment in the case of McAuley v Sunday Newspapers Ltd ([2015] NIQB 74).  The Judge dismissed an application by the plaintiff for an injunction to prevent two newspapers from “harassing, pestering, annoying or molesting” him by publication of information.  He also rejected the plaintiff’s application to continue reporting restriction and anonymization orders. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook misused private information of convicted sex offender in not removing threatening posts containing his personal information, despite not receiving their web addresses – Alison Knight

21 04 2015

keys-264596__180The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland recently held that Facebook Ireland misused the private information of a convicted sex offender posted on a Facebook page. This is an interesting little case as it deals with the issue of adequate notice in respect of web-hosting immunity available under the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 (“the 2002 Regulations”). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: CG v Facebook Ireland, Harassment of Sex offenders and a Facebook injunction – Lorna Skinner

3 03 2015

Keeping Kids SafeIn CG v. Facebook Ireland Ltd and Joseph McCloskey ([2015] NIQB 11) a convicted sex offender was awarded £20,000 for misuse of private information and harassment claims brought in respect of a Facebook page designed to identify and track the whereabouts of sex offenders.  An injunction was granted against Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »