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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

Case Law, Strasbourg: Hurbain v Belgium, Order to anonymise newspaper archive did not violate Article 10 – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Aidan Wills

In the case of Hurbain v Belgium [2021] ECHR 544 (in French only), the European Court of Human Rights (Third Section), held that an order to anonymise an article in a newspaper’s electronic archive (which referred to a person’s involvement in a fatal road traffic accident for which they were subsequently convicted) did not breach the applicant publisher’s right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Continue reading

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