Mirror Damages Trial: Senior executives complicit in phone hacking, court told

5 03 2015

Mirror GroupOn the third day of the civil damages claim against Mirror Group Newspapers Counsel for the eight claimants continued his opening speech to the judge, Mr Justice Mann.  David Sherborne told the Court that senior MGN executives and journalists were not only aware of phone hacking but were complicit in it as well. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Four Trial: Silencing journalists the ‘hallmark of authoritarian regimes’, defence tell jury

5 03 2015

Old_bailey_signA defence barrister at an ongoing trial involving four senior staff from the Sun has told an Old Bailey jury that former editor Rebekah Brooks has been “removed from the narrative.” Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Canada: Baglow v Smith, defence of “fair comment” succeeds in landmark blogging libel case

5 03 2015

free-dominion-libel-1024x843The long running and high profile “blogger defamation” case of Baglow v Smith has been determined in the defendant’s favour.  In a judgment handed down on 23 February 2015 ( [2015] ONSC 1175), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that the operators of a right wing message board were publishers of defamatory material concerning a left wing blogger.  However, the claim failed because defendants were entitled to rely on the defence of “fair comment”,  The case addressed, for the first time, a number of issues concerning “blogging and the law of defamation. Read the rest of this entry »