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Case Law: Vardy v Rooney, Wagatha Christie: Court rules on strike out and summary judgment application – Adham Harker

The ‘Wagatha Christie litigation’, as it is affectionately known, is the fascinating case of mistrust between friends and a sting operation to find a leak.  Colleen Rooney (wife of footballer Wayne) became concerned that ‘stories’ she was publishing to her private Instagram account – to which only her actual friends had access – were being reported in the Sun newspaper. Continue reading

The bitter taste of victory: After years of campaigning for press freedom, is the Times now regretting its success? – Simon Carne

Reading the Times newspaper on Tuesday.  I was somewhat gobsmacked to see Sean O’Neill, the paper’s chief reporter, complaining that “The UK has no constitutional protection for a free press and no real cap on costs for libel actions.” These two facts formed the centrepiece of his argument that abuse of British courts is killing free speech. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Milosavljević v. Serbia, Public official’s defamation judgment over serious false allegations did not violate Article 10 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

In the case of Milosavljević v. Serbia ([2021] ECHR 441) the Court of Human Rights, Second Section, dismissed an Article 10 complaint by a journalist who had been subject to an adverse defamation judgment in respect of an article accusing a local public official of trying to rape an underage Romani girl. Continue reading

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