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Law and Media Round Up – 30 January 2023

Independent MP, Andrew Bridgen, has said he will sue the former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, for £100,000 in defamation over a tweet in which Hancock accused him of spreading “antisemitic, anti-vax, anti-scientific conspiracy theories.” Bridgen lost the Tory whip after his remarks and was widely criticised by members of all political parties. Bridgen’s case is supported by the Bad Law Project and the Reclaim Party. The Guardian, the Evening Standard and the Independent covered the threatened action. Continue reading

(Some of) what is legal offline is illegal online – Graham Smith

From what feels like time immemorial the UK government has paraded its proposed online harms legislation under the banner of ‘What is Illegal Offline is Illegal Online’. As a description of what is now the Online Safety Bill, the slogan is ill-fitting. The Bill contains nothing that extends to online behaviour a criminal offence that was previously limited to offline. Continue reading

South Africa: The Constitutional Court SLAPPs back in mining companies mineral sands case, now it’s parliament’s turn – Dario Milo

The Constitutional Court SLAPPs back in mining companies mineral sands case, now it’s parliament’s turnOn 16 October 2017, Daphne Galizia, Malta’s top investigative journalist, was assassinated when a car bomb planted under her seat exploded. Her work focused on corruption and organised crime, and she was facing more than 40 civil defamation lawsuits and five criminal defamation cases at the time of her death. Most of these were brought by Maltese government officials and businessmen. Continue reading

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