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Case Law: Shakil-Ur-Rahman v ARY Network Limited, Claimant awarded “top bracket” defamation damages – Laura Parnell

mir-shakeel-ur-rehman-geo-tv1The High Court has awarded Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the Chief Executive of Pakistan’s largest media group, one of the highest compensatory awards granted in recent years following his defamation claim against ARY Network Limited (a UK broadcaster), and its Chief Operating Officer, Fayaz Ghafoor ([2016] EWHC 3110 (QB)). Continue reading

Does Elena Ferrante have the right to anonymity? – Nathan Capone

elena-ferranteAn Italian investigative journalist has recently claimed to have ‘unmasked’ the pseudonymous Elena Ferrante, the bestselling Italian author of the ‘Neapolitan quartet’ of novels. Ferrante has consistently guarded her real identity and has been writing under the pseudonym since 1992. This raises interesting questions in connection with privacy rights and whether it could be considered a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights to reveal the name of an individual who otherwise wished to be anonymous. Continue reading

France: Julie Gayet wins further privacy damages, but would she succeed in the UK? – Nathan Capone

GayetActress Julie Gayet has won damages against two French magazines for breach of privacy after the magazines published photos taken with a long-lens of her and partner Francois Hollande at a private Versailles retreat. The tribunal de Nanterre ordered both magazines to pay the sum of €1,500 each to Ms Gayet. This case follows Gayet’s successful privacy claim against Closer magazine last year in respect of an article detailing her relationship with President Hollande. Continue reading

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