Libel

Why Is Free Speech Not Good Enough for Northern Ireland?

Mike Harris | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Harris

Very few know why the Defamation Bill does not apply to Northern Ireland, an outrageous decision that has created a gaping loophole in the government's attempts to reform the UK's libel laws.

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...

Peter Cruddas Wins Libel Damages From Sunday Times

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Politics

Former Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas has won £180,000 damages in his High Court libel action over a Sunday Times allegation about cha...

Jessica Elgot

INTERVIEW: 'Driving A Truck Through British Law'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK

A Russian policeman planning to sue a British hedge fund boss through British courts, for alleging he was part of a conspiracy to torture and murder l...

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.

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.

Sally Bercow Settles Lord McAlpine Tweet For Mystery Sum

PA | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Politics

Commons Speaker's wife Sally Bercow has settled a libel action brought by Lord McAlpine after the High Court found a tweet posted by her was highly de...

Sally Bercow 'Innocent Face' Tweet WAS Libellous, Court Rules

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK

A tweet by Commons Speaker's wife Sally Bercow about Lord McAlpine was libellous, the High Court in London has ruled. Lawyers for Lord McAlpine sai...

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...

Sally Bercow 'Is Not Some Kitchen Table Blogger'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK

Sally Bercow's tweets have more readers than some newspapers, a court has been told. As the libel case brought by Lord McAlpine got underway, the H...

Lord McAlpine Versus Sally Bercow Tweet Reaches Court

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK

The Twitter libel row between Sally Bercow and Lord McAlpine reaches the High Court on Tuesday. Neither party is expected to attend the hearing, wh...

Three Years Of Charity Work For Libellous Tweet

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

A Guardian columnist has agreed to carry out charity work for three years after wrongly naming Lord McAlpine as a paedophile on Twitter. George Mon...

That Monstrous Regiment of Hacks: Why 'Regulation' of the Press Is a Red Herring

Jane Fae | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Jane Fae

Leveson, and the debate that follows, really is not about the r-word. But it helps press and a certain brand of outraged politician to convince the public can be convinced otherwise.

'Gulp': Sally Bercow Set To Be Sued By Lord McAlpine

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

Lord McAlpine is set to take legal action against Sally Bercow, Twitter users who named him and ITV's This Morning for libel, according to his lawyer....

Don't Blame Libel Laws for Twitter's Mistakes

Bobby Friedman | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK
Bobby Friedman

It's all too easy to pretend you're on the side of the righteous when you're naming names, but if you have no idea whether you're in fact spreading a grave libel rather than exposing the truth, you are doing nobody a public service.

Baby P's Father Has Libel Payout Cut

PA | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

The natural father of Baby P, who was falsely accused of having been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl, has had a libel award of £75,000 cut to ...

Frankie Boyle Wins £50,000 After Daily Mirror Libel

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK

Comedian Frankie Boyle has won more than £50,000 damages after a jury ruled he had been libelled by the Daily Mirror. Boyle, 40, from Glasgow, cla...

The Road to Hell - My Defence of Sexist, Racist and (Yes Certainly) Rape Jokes

John Fleming | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Banning any jokes about anything is a bad idea. Trying to get comedy club owners to ban comedians who (they believe) tell or have told or may tell 'rape jokes' is not just a bad idea, it is actively dangerous. Where does the censorship end?

'There Is Racism At The Heart Of British Policy' Says Boyle

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK

Frankie Boyle has accused the Government of being responsible for bigoted views in Britain, saying "there is racism at the heart of British policy". ...

Comedian Denies Racist Accusation In Libel Case

PA | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK

Comedian Frankie Boyle has defended his right to use words such as "n*****" when "ridiculing" racism after suing a tabloid newspaper for libel damages...

School Wins Damages Over Islam Fanatic Claims

PA | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A west London school and its director have accepted libel damages over a newspaper claim that it had been infiltrated by Islamic fanatics. The King...

University Tutor Wins £60k After Suing Newspaper For Student Riots Libel

PA | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

University tutor Luke Cooper has won £60,000 High Court libel damages over newspaper stories linking him to violence which flared during an anti-educ...