UK Defamation

No More Mrs. Nice Girl

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

I was warned. When I was thirteen, a friend of my older brother's said, 'Maggy, don't be nice. Be amazing, be mean, be honest, be a monster but, whate...

Europe: A Bastion of Moderate and Temperate Speech? No Thanks

Thomas Hughes | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Politics
Thomas Hughes

For Jan Böhmermann the German comedian at the centre of the current row, it's more than tricky. He faces three years imprisonment for insulting a Head of State, under paragraph 103 of the German Criminal Code.

Donald Trump Declares War on Democracy

Charlie Proctor | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Charlie Proctor

It has finally happened! Although it has been a long time coming, Donald Trump has officially declared war on democracy.

Jennifer Aniston, Friends or Online Foes?

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amber Melville-Brown

Maybe Jennifer Aniston is not the best example if you espouse the mantra 'live by the camera die by the camera'. She has had plenty of opportunities as a result of her media profile; she has significant resources as a result of her public profile to shield her from the worse excesses of the Internet. But she is a useful poster child to remind us of the dangers of the Internet.

The sin of defamation

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Amber Melville-Brown

If the media is engaging in sins, peddling disinformation, slander and defamation - as well as unnecessarily invading privacy and engaging in harassment - then they deserve a stern word from the Pope.

On Being Called A Nazi

Jemma Wayne | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

It was a revelation this month to discover that calling for tougher curbs on smoking, made me a Nazi. Strike that, it was a surprise when my (admittedly provocative) Huffington Post article received a slew of 'she's a Nazi' comments, when my twitter account was inundated with trolls, when I received hate E-mail...

Love Twitter; US and UK Style

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Amber Melville-Brown

Courtney Love has successfully defended her former lawyer's US Twitter libel claim - 'Twibel' as it been labelled by media and on social media. The case has been lauded as breaking new ground in defining the nexus of social media and defamation.

What Makes a Homophobe? Ireland's Debate Goes Global

Peter McGuire | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Peter McGuire

Those who devote their energies to stopping same-sex marriage may very well be motivated by a genuine, albeit misplaced, fear over child welfare. If child welfare really is such a concern, perhaps they should review the evidence and direct just a fraction of their energy towards creating a more equal society...

The 'Enemy Within': A Gay Russian Writer Talks about Homophobia and Libel under Putin

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

In times of crisis, Russia hunts for the enemy within; that's what Sergey Khazov tells me when I ask him why there is so much anti-gay sentiment in his country.

Zambian Opposition Leader Charged With Defamation For the Comparing President To A Potato

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The leader of the Zambian opposition has been arrested and charged with defamation after reportedly likening the president to a sweet potato. Fran...

Safety never takes a holiday

Katie Mickleburgh | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK
Katie Mickleburgh

Reputation matters. Individuals, businesses, charities and all types of entities are taking more and more proactive action and, in some cases, aggress...

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Katie Mickleburgh | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Tech
Katie Mickleburgh

So many people warn about the dangers associated with the use of social media (including me!) and rightly so. One wrong move (or Tweet) and you could find yourself only one click away from disaster. The recent example of Emma Way's tweet which led to her being labelled a "twit and run driver" was like watching a car crash unfolding in slow motion.

The New Defamation Act: Game-Changer or Red Herring?

Shana Ting Lipton | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Shana Ting Lipton

Recently, a sensationalistic news story about a Saudi Prince threatening to sue Forbes for an allegedly defamatory article within its annual Billionaires' List got tongues wagging. It's just the sort of international tale of caricature-esque hubris that newspapers and magazines swoon over. And, from a legal standpoint, the monarch's decision to sue in the UK -- monolithically referred to as 'the libel capital of the world' -- was contentious as well, especially in light of the new Defamation Act.

CPS Publishes Full and Final Social Media Prosecution Guidelines

Brian John Spencer | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Tech
Brian John Spencer

Social media users beware: you cannot tweet with impunity. Social media has made publishing vastly easier, but it has not made publishing responsibility free. And while the law was caught sleeping, it is now clear: the criminal and civil can come after you and hold you to account. Ignorance is no defense. So take note.

*Not So Innocent Face*

Katie Mickleburgh | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Tech
Katie Mickleburgh

A frequent misconception is that there is safety in numbers known as 'the crowd mentality'. People seem to think it is ok to re-tweet defamatory material because it is already in the public arena. This is wrong.

The Lord, The Speaker's Wife, The Asterisks and a Moron in a Hurry...

Nick Armstrong | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Nick Armstrong

In November 2012, BBC's "Newsnight" broadcast a report making serious allegations against 'a leading Conservative politician from the Thatcher years'. A frenzy of speculation followed on social media sites, with Mrs Bercow tweeting to her 56,400 followers: Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *Innocent face*. Lord McAlpine commenced libel action claiming damages over the Tweet.

Opportunity Knox

Paul Tweed | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK
Paul Tweed

The decision by the UK publishers not to distribute Amanda Knox's autobiography has been interpreted in some media circles as being another example of the detrimental impact of our so called draconian libel laws. In reality, the publisher's decision is more likely to have been based on an understandable concern not to expose themselves to potential contempt of Court as well as libel consequences, pending the outcome of the forthcoming re-trial in Italy.

Reflecting the Real World of Libel

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics
Amber Melville-Brown

On 16 April the House of Commons voted on amendments proposed by the House of Lords to the Defamation Bill. In doing so, MPs rejected the Lords' propo...

Press Regulation - Why the Status Quo Works

Mikey Smith | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mikey Smith

The problem here isn't that the status quo isn't good enough. The status quo, properly implemented, works. If the police failed to investigate and prosecute phone hacking fully, the answer isn't a tougher regulator, it's a tougher police force.

Making a Twit of the Law?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Tech
Jamie Bartlett

The root of the problem is that we suddenly have 10 million Twitter users subject to quite complicated publishing law that used to only apply to a small number of trained journalists with legal support.

Defamation Bill Moves To End The Rule Of The Trolls

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 11.08.2012 | UK Tech

The age of the troll could be over. Websites might be forced to unmask people who post defamatory statements online. Under new government propo...

Defamation Bill Aims To Reform Current Libel Laws

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK Politics

Major reforms of the libel laws which will see would-be claimants having to show they have suffered serious harm to their reputations, or are likely t...

Boost to Freedom of Expression in the UK - London Set to Lose Its Label as Global Capital for Libel Tourism?

Kirsty Hughes | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Kirsty Hughes

Our libel laws affect what we can write, what we read, what we discuss - online and offline. The Queen's Speech on 9 May may, just, strike a blow for freedom of expression that will benefit authors, researchers, journalists, bloggers and others, not only in the UK but around the world.

School Hands Pupils £680 Legal Bill For Twitter Insults

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Three people have been handed a legal bill for tweeting seemingly defamatory statements about a school and its staff. Hundreds of tweets about The ...

Banker Loses Libel Action Against Daily Mail

PA | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK

Banker Nathaniel Rothschild lost his libel action today over being portrayed as a "puppet-master" who brought together Lord Mandelson and Russian olig...