Case Law, Strasbourg: Braun v Poland, The same Article 10 standards apply to everyone involved in public debate – Hugh Tomlinson QC

4 12 2014

Grzegorz BraunIn the case of Braun v Poland (Judgment of 4 November 2014), the Fourth Section of the Court of Human Rights found that the domestic courts had violated Article 10 by applying stricter standards to a commentator than were applied to journalists.  The same standards of “responsibillity” should be applied to all participants in general interest public debates. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Strasbourg, Stankiewicz v. Poland, Responsible public interest journalism protected by Article 10 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

28 10 2014

Rzeczpospolita_9-06-2010_paliwa_5-40In the case of Stankiewicz and Others v. Poland [2014] ECHR 1061, the Fourth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 10 where the domestic courts had found that an article about a demand for a bribe by a public official had breached the official’s rights.  This was a public interest story in relation to which the applicants had complied with the tenets of responsible journalism. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013, A Critical Evaluation, Part 4, “Public Interest” defence – Dan Tench

29 07 2014

Defamation ActIn earlier posts I have dealt with general concerns about the Defamation Act 2013, concerns about section 1, “Serious harm” and the new statutory defences of “truth” and “honest comment” in section 2 and section 3. In this post, I continue setting out concerns with the Defamation Act 2013 by looking at the public interest defence in section 4. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Hong Kong: Pui Kwan Kay v Ming Pao, Responsible Journalism Defence fails

25 09 2013

Pui Kwan KayThe Hong Kong Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao Daily was ordered to pay defamation damages of HK$500,000 (£69,000) to Hong Kong Football Association vice-chairman Pui Kwan-Kay. In a ruling handed down on 6 September 2013 ([2013] HKCFI 1442) Mr Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung rejected the newspaper’s defence of “responsible journalism”. Read the rest of this entry »