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The London Evening standard apologises to Payam Tamiz over Facebook slags article

The London Evening standard has apologised to Payam Tamiz, the former Conservative council candidate for salmestone, for publishing an article namedTory resigns over ˜Thanet girls are slags’ outburst. The article alleged that Mr Tamiz had been a member and administrator of a Facebook group entitled ˜Girls in THANET … you are all slags, hoes, brasses and bheads and that…

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CPs to introduce guidance on when to prosecute in 'trolling' cases

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keir starmer has announced that the CPs will bring in guidelines as to when a prosecution should be brought against an individual accused of using social networking sites to send offensive messages.  The announcement follows the decision not to prosecute Daniel Thomas, the semi-professional footballer, for posting a homophobic message on Twitter,…

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Judgment in steve McClaren's failed application for privacy injunction published

The judgment in McClaren v News Group Newspapers Ltd. [2012] EWHC 2466 (QB) has sparked a considerable amount of interest amongst media commentators and lawyers and will undoubtedly be seen as a significant victory for the press. On the evening of saturday 18 August 2012 lawyers for the former England football manager steve McClaren sought an urgent injunction  to prevent the Defendant News…

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False complaints to the police do not amount to defamation

Following on from last months article Defamation and the employers reference: a warning to claimants, we now look at another common scenario which can give rise to misconceived defamation claims “ the complaint to the police. The starting point is that an allegation of criminal conduct is nearly always prima facie defamatory.  If written it is…

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Law Commission to consider whether offence of scandalising the Court should be abolished

The offence of scandalising the court dates back to 1765.  Under the law it is an offence to be extremely offensive to a judge or accuse him/her of corruption.  The offence is a form of contempt of court and includes the publication of material or the carrying out of acts likely to undermine the administration…

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Defamation and the employers reference: a warning to claimants

Last months case of Thour “v- The Royal Free Hampstead NHs Trust [2012] EWHC 1473 (QB) highlights the risks of bringing a claim for defamation based on the inaccuracy of an employment reference. Defamation is a complicated area of law and one that is prone to be misunderstood by the layperson (and even lawyers who…

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Daily Mail and Evening Standard ordered to pay £60,000 in damages to university tutor following libel jury trial

University tutor Luke Cooper has succeeded in his libel claim against the Daily Mail and the London Evening standard.  stories in the papers had effectively accused Mr Cooper of being a ringleader in the violence which took place at the Millbank Tower during the protests against education cuts in November 2010.  Evening standard journalist Benedict Moore-Bridger reported Mr…

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The Defamation Bill – Comment before the second Reading

The Defamation Bill, which has cross-party support, is scheduled for a second reading on 12 June 2012. The Libel Reform Campaign has hailed its introduction as ‘the first wholesale attempt at reform since 1843’. This article looks at the Bill in its current form and the reasons behind its introduction. The Bill has it is origins in…

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Police ordered to pay £125,000 damages after losing murder libel trial

Bedfordshire Police has been ordered to pay Amilton Bento £125,000 in damages after the Force made a statement at a press conference in July 2009 which suggested that he had killed his girlfriend Kamila Garsztka.  Ms Garsztka’s body had been found in a lake in 2006. Mr Bento was convicted of murdering Ms Garsztka at Luton Crown Court in 2007.  As a…

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High Court orders Facebook to disclose identity of cyberbullies

Nicola Brookes has obtained a Norwich Pharmacal order against Facebook after “internet trolls” left “vicious and depraved” messages on her Facebook page.  The messages appeared after Ms Brookes posted a comment about the X-Factor television show.  The order requires Facebook to handover profile information and the IP addresses of the individuals who posted the office.  It is understood that Facebook will comply with the order once it has…

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