Matrix Media Law Update, 1 July 2010

1 07 2010

This is a weekly Media Law Update prepared by the Legal Information Team at Matrix Chambers, which they have kindly agreed to make available to readers of Inforrm.

Latest Cases

Fiddes v Channel Four Television Corporation & Ors [2010] EWCA Civ 730 :  CA (Civ Div) – 29 Jun 2010.   The claimant appealed against a decision that the trial of his libel action should be heard by a judge alone. The claimant submitted that the judge Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm/MBL Conference on Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill

1 07 2010

The Defamation Bill tabled by Lord Lester in the House of Lords is an important step forward in the Libel Reform debate.  It is having its second reading in the House of Lords on 9 July 2010.  As a contribution to that debate we are pleased to announce a conference arranged by MBL in association with Inforrm on the Defamation Bill. The conference will take place in London on Thursday 15th July 2010 at 14:00 – 17:15. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “Defamation and responsible communication” – Richard Mullender

1 07 2010

The Supreme Court of Canada (inspired by developments in lower Canadian courts and elsewhere in the common law world) has introduced into defamation law a defence of responsible communication on matters of public interest. The court took this step in Grant v Torstar Corp (2009) 314 D.L.R. (4th) 1 with the aim of ensuring that this branch of tort balances reputation and free expression more adequately. This development is broadly similar to innovations in Australia, Britain, New Zealand, and South Africa. Moreover, these innovations in Commonwealth law form part of a process of development that we can trace back to the US Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v Sullivan 376 U.S. 254 (1964). Read the rest of this entry »