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Malkiewicz v United Kingdom: Time for the County Courts to Hear Defamation Cases? – Robert Sharp

It has long been accepted that the eye-watering costs of English libel litigation present a double ‘chill.’ On the one hand, the fear of having to defend a libel action means that many public interest news stories are spiked or watered down before publication. Meanwhile, when an ordinary person discovers that a lie has been published about them in a national newspaper, the cost of seeking redress is prohibitive. Bringing or defending a claim immediately puts a party on the hook for tens of thousands of pounds. If the case goes to trial then you risk paying a six-figure sum. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Sanchez v France, Politician fined for failing to delete Facebook hate speech, no violation of Article 10

In the case of Sanchez v France [2021] ECHR 724 (available only in French) the Fifth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that the conviction of a politician for failing to promptly delete unlawful comments published by third parties on the public wall of his Facebook account did not breach his Article 10 rights despite his apparent lack of knowledge of the comments. Continue reading

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