Law and Media Round Up – 21 March 2011

21 03 2011

Wordle: UntitledIn this regular feature we draw attention to the last week’s law and media news and next week’s upcoming events. If readers have any news or events which they would like to draw attention to please add them by way of comments on this post.


The publication of the Government’s Consultation on a Draft Defamation Bill dominated the media law news this week.   The Bill was conceived as a response to a campaign which was supported – though not initiated – by the media and it is not surprising that it was broadly welcomed by the press. Read the rest of this entry »

News: David Beckham US libel action – the opinion and the appeal

21 03 2011

We reported last month that on 14 February 2011, controversial Federal Judge Judge Manuel Real dismissed the libel action brought by David Beckham against Bauer Publishhing Company Limited as the publishers of “In Touch” magazine.  The order made by the judge is here. The claim arose out of the publication of an article entitled “David’s Dangerous Betrayal” which consisted of  an interview with Irma Nici, described as a former high-class call girl, claiming that she had slept with David Beckham, who had agreed to pay her US$10,000 for “one night of passion”. Read the rest of this entry »