US Freedom of Expression and Media Law Roundup 25 June 2010

24 06 2010

The debate on the “death of libel” continues with a post by Matthew Belloni on “The Hollywood Report” on the question as to whether  the internet is killing libel lawsuits.  He suggests that this has indeed happened and that this is because the internet has provided an outlet for the defamed to fight back and that, with the ability to correct stories online, so that libel disputes are getting resolved before litigation. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Irish privacy injunction refused, Murray v Newsgroup

24 06 2010

On 18 June 2010 Ms Justice Mary Irvine gave judgment in the Irish High Court in the case of Murray v. Newsgroup Newspapers refusing Michael Murray, a serial rapist who had been released from prison, an injunction preventing a number of newspapers from publishing his address and picture. The proceedings arose out of publicity in the Evening Herald , the Daily Star , the Star on Sunday , the News of the World and the Sun.  Mr Murray, who was released from prison last year after serving 13 years for raping four women, claimed that he could not live or work anywhere because, as soon as he moved, the press revealed his address and printed pictures of him.   Read the rest of this entry »