Category Archives: Libel

Libel victims need not prove serious harm – judge

Claimants in libel cases do not have to prove they have suffered serious harm in order to win, a judge has ruled. They merely have to argue that the words used are seriously harmful, said the judge in a case involving a divorcing couple. This reverses previous understanding of the protection given in the 2013 Defamation Act, reports UK Press Gazette. Read more

There are also links to various legal commentators’ views at the Inforrm blog, published by the International Forum for Responsible Media, here

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Double libel costs even when defendants win?

Publishers could have to pay costs for both sides in defamation cases even if they win, if Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 is enacted. Along with “no win, no fee” actions, this could have a severely chilling effect on the ability of regional publishers to defend actions, says the HoldTheFrontPage law column. It could be challenged on human rights grounds, it says. Read more

Priest claims privacy breach over ‘gay’ story

Saying someone is gay is unlikely to be libellous these days, but it could be a breach of privacy under the Editor’s Code – especially if it’s not true, as one Sunday paper found. The fact that a priest told a journalist he refuted the claims did not necessarily mean he was willing to have his denial made public, Ipso found. Read more