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Day: 28 September 2016

Case Law: Economou v de Freitas, Is it interesting? New judgment considers the scope of the ‘public interest’ defence – Oliver Lock

EconomouThe case of Economou v de Freitas ([2016] EWHC 1853 (QB)) was the first case to substantively consider in detail the new “public interest” defence since the Defamation Act 2013 came into force, clarifying that the Court will place a great deal of weight on whether the Defendant “reasonably believed” the publication was in the public interest and not just on whether it was a general matter of public interest. Continue reading

Ireland: Internet defamation and the liability of intermediaries (Muwema v Facebook Part 1) – Eoin O’Dell

uganda-facebook-ireland-300x284The liability of internet intermediaries for defamatory posts on their platforms was central to the decision of Binchy J in Muwema v Facebook Ireland Ltd [2016] IEHC 519 (23 August 2016). A Ugandan lawyer objected to allegedly defamatory posts on a pseudonymous Facebook account, and Binchy J gave an order requiring Facebook to identify the account-holder. Continue reading

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