Hanging By A Thread: Reportage and Clause 4 of the Defamation Bill – Sophie Walker and Jason Bosland

11 02 2013

hanging by a threadEarlier this week, the latest iteration of the draft defamation bill was debated at the report stage of the House of Lords.  One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is clause 4 – the Public Interest Defence. The original purpose of the clause was to codify, and therefore clarify and strengthen, the existing common law defence of Reynolds qualified privilege. A particular sticking point through the parliamentary debates is how to address the so-called ‘doctrine of reportage’. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 11 February 2013

11 02 2013

Media and Law Round UpIn a judgment handed down on 4 February 2013 ([2013] EWHC 145 (QB)) Mr Justice Eady awarded the former Conservative Party treasurer, Peter Cruddas, defamation damages of £45,000 in respect of 9 blogs and 12 tweets by published by lobbyist Mark Adams. Inforrm reported here. Read the rest of this entry »