Libel Reform Debate: Part 3 The Multiple Publication Rule

6 07 2010

In an earlier post we suggested that there should be a mature debate on the various issues raised by Libel Reform Campaign.  We have previously discussed the burden of proof in libel cases and the idea of a cap on libel damages.  This week we discuss the proposed introduction of a “single publication rule”

Background

Under English libel law, ‘publication’ occurs on each occasion that a statement is accessed as opposed to the occasion on which it is – in lay terms – published.  Read the rest of this entry »