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Month: February 2010 (Page 1 of 4)

Freedom of Expression, Pornography and the Literary Heritage

In an interesting and potentially important new freedom of expression judgment the Court of Human Rights has held that, when a literary work becomes part of the “European cultural heritage” it will be a violation of Article 10 to ban its publication, however offensive it is to local sensibilities.  The case is the subject of a posting on the extremely useful ECHR blog here. Continue reading

Defamation Reform in Ireland

The Irish Republic is a common law jurisdiction with libel laws very similar to those in in England and Wales.  Those laws have now been reformed by the Defamation Act 2009 which came into force on 1 January 2010.  The reform has a long history, beginning with a 1988 report commissioned by the National Newspapers of Ireland “Press Freedom and Libel” (by Professor Kevin Boyle and Law Lecturer Maria McGonagle).   The Government did not introduce a Defamation Bill until 2006. Continue reading

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