Libel Reform and Scotland, the Silence of the Lords – Paul Tweed

21 03 2014

Paul TweedDuring the course of what has been an intense, and often vitriolic, debate in the House of Lords on the decision not to implement the Defamation Act 2013 in Northern Ireland, the failure to even mention the similar stance taken by Scotland is somewhat bewildering. Read the rest of this entry »





It’s not about what Mr Cowen did last summer, it’s about a fundamental right to privacy and accuracy that affects us all – Paul Tweed

3 02 2013

In writing his Inforrm post on the basis of a speculative report in a Sunday newspaper, Dr Eoin O’Dell was not to know that a Complaint had in fact already been lodged with the Press Ombudsman on behalf of the former Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen.   Dr O’Dell’s comments were made  while the matter was still the subject of an ongoing adjudication process which has the full support of the newspaper industry.  Neither I nor Michael Kealey, the lawyer for the Irish Mail on Sunday, had been in a position to comment at the time in respect for the Ombudsman’s understandable preference that confidentiality be maintained during the initial stages of a complaints procedure aimed at encouraging a “mediated” solution in the first instance. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: “Privacy and Libel Law – The Clash with Press Freedom, by Paul Tweed” – Athalie Matthews

7 07 2012

Scrolling down Bloomsbury Professional’s ‘recently published’ list shows a 2012 output of weighty manuals on unsexy subjects such as corporate insolvency, VAT Acts, land registration and tax tables. Little wonder then that this independent publisher, which took over Tottel in 2009, will have been keen to get its hands on something it could market as a contemporary panorama of the dramatic goings on in the media law landscape. Hence the cover photo of a ‘Papparazi’ and publicity trumpeting it as “extremely topical”. Read the rest of this entry »