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Category: Harassment (Page 2 of 5)

Case Law: AXB v BXA: False claims of pregnancy and threats to misuse private information in an extra-marital affair constituted harassment – Chloe Flascher

Sir David Eady handed down his last trial judgment last week, AXB x BXA [2018] EWHC 588 (QB) , The case concerned an extra-marital relationship between a man of considerable wealth and his “mistress” which took place between July 2014 and August 2016.  The Judge referred to the case as an “unhappy and intensely personal saga”. Continue reading

Case Law: GYH v Persons Unknown, Interim injunction to restrain campaign of vilification – Suneet Sharma

In the case of GYH v Persons Unknown ([2017] EWHC 3360 (QB)) Warby J granted an interim non-disclosure order to  a sex worker.  The case engages a wide range of significant legal issues including venue jurisdiction, claims against Persons Unknown, the right to privacy despite prior disclosures and the assessment of concurrent actions in defamation and harassment. Continue reading

Sexism, social media and democracy – María Rún Bjarnadóttir

It is long established that people standing for office and participating in politics have to anticipate a higher level of public scrutiny than the general population. A recent review from the Independent Committee for Standards on Public Life indicates that during lthe ast General Election in the UK, political candidates had to endure threats and intimidation far beyond the scope of “scrutiny”. Continue reading

Online Publication Claims: Harassment by online publication – Aidan Wills

Material is often published online to promote causes, further campaigns, air grievances and raise concerns about the conduct of others. When this is done responsibly it performs an invaluable public function. The availability of free-to-use platforms to express views and to engage in public debate is among the most important benefits of the internet in general and social media in particular. Continue reading

Online Publication Claims: an Introduction – Guy Vassall-Adams QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC

The Internet has brought about a global communications revolution. An individual who wishes to communicate with others no longer needs a printing press or a broadcasting operation. Instead information can be communicated worldwide with a few keystrokes. Words, sounds, pictures or videos can, potentially, be communicated to the nearly 48% of the world’s population – 3.2 billion people – who are now estimated to use the internet (see ITU figures). Continue reading

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