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Month: June 2013 (Page 2 of 5)

Case Law: Cruddas v Calvert, Sunday Times appeal allowed in part, no allegation of criminal corruption

Peter CruddasThe Court of Appeal have allowed the appeal of the Sunday Times in the libel case brought former Conservative Party Treasurer, Peter Cruddas ([2013] EWCA Civ 748) against the ruling of Mr Justice Tugendhat that the published articles made an allegation of corruption contrary to the criminal law ([2013] EWHC 1427 (QB)).  The Court set aside the orders striking out the defence of justification and entering judgment for the claimant.  The trial will now have to proceed. Continue reading

News: Daily Mail agrees to pay £125,000 libel damages to Sally Morgan

sally morganThe publishers of the Daily Mail have agreed to pay damages of £125,000 to the “psychic to the stars”, Sally Morgan, in respect of an article which alleged that she had cheated an audience in Dublin by using an earpiece.  The trial of the action had been due to commence on 10 June 2013 but a settlement was announced in a Statement in Open Court [pdf] read to Mr Justice Tugendhat on 20 June 2013. Continue reading

UK Needs Creative Solutions & New Policy Framework for Media Plurality: Interview with Steven Barnett

Professor-Steven-BarrnettSpeaking for the annual Charles Wheeler Lecture on Journalism at Westminster University, Shadow Culture Minister Harriet Harman called for a cross-party process for new regulation on media plurality. Professor of Communications Steven Barnett, who has advised various parliamentary, governmental and European bodies on media issues, hosted the event. LSE Media Policy Project’s Sally Broughton Micova asked him about his views on some of the solutions Harman proposed and discussed his new project on media plurality and expectations for future policy in this area. Continue reading

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