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Case law, Strasbourg: SIC Sociedade Independente de Comunicação v Portugal, Record award of libel damages breached Article 10 – Mike Dodd

In the case of SIC – Sociedade Independente de Comunicação v Portugal ([2021] ECHR 703) the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights held that an award of damages totalling €146,000 euros (about £124,200) – a record in Portugal – to a politician wrongly linked to an investigation into a paedophile scandal in the Azores was disproportionate and could have a chilling effect on freedom of expression. Continue reading

News: Gerry and Kate McCann awarded damages of €500,000 in Portuguese libel action, summary of the Judgment

McCannsOn 27 April 2015, the First Civil Chamber of Lisbon handed down judgment in the claim brought by Gerry and Kate McCann against the former Portuguese police officer, Gonçalo Amaral over his book Maddie – The Truth of the Lie.  The claimants were awarded damages of €500,000 plus interest.  The judgment, in Portuguese, is available here (McCanns v Amaral [pdf]).  There is, at present, no definitive English translation. Continue reading

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