Wrongly circulated as wanted by the press
The media can perform a valuable role in the detection of crime. However, sometimes they can get it badly wrong. There have been numerous instances of newspapers using the wrong photograph or personal details in connection with an article covering a criminal investigation or prosecution. This will often be as a result of a simple mistake: photographs getting mixed up or a journalist getting confused between individuals with the same or similar names. Sometimes blame may lie with the police instead of, or as well as, the media.
Sloppy journalism can be ruinous. Being branded a criminal in a newspaper and online can have a devastating impact on your reputation. In some instances (e.g. where you are accused of sexual offences) it may even put you in physical danger. It is important to act quickly to limit the damage and to seek vindication.
At Brett Wilson LLP we have experts who can help and advise you on the merit of prospective claims for defamation, misuse of private information and harassment against the press and/or the police.
We can assist with the following:
- Seeking the urgent removal of content online
- Published apologies, corrections and statements in open court
- Undertakings not to republish
If liability is denied or quantum cannot be agreed we can issue proceedings on your behalf seeking damages, an injunction and legal costs.