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BBC found not to have made defamatory comments against extremist speaker

Shakeel Begg v BBC [2016] EWHC 2688

The High Court held that comments made by a BBC presenter were not defamatory.  The allegations that the claimant was an extremist speaker who promoted jihad were found to be substantially true.


Prison authorities must reconsider their refusal to grant inmate’s request for a laptop

Prisoners' Rights

High Court rules that the right of a claimant to name her abusers prevails over her abusers’ right to private and family life

Disclosure, ECHR Art. 8

European Court of Human Rights held that there is a right to access to information to allow individual to exercise right to freedom of expression

Magyar Helsinki Bizottsag v Hungary (application no. 18030/11)

On the 8th November 2016, the European Court of Human Rights held that there is a right to public access to information where access to the information is instrumental to the individual’s exercise of their right to freedom of expression.


The High Court of Northern Ireland has dismissed the Brexit challenge

McCord’s (Raymond) Application [2016] NIQB 85

On the 28th October 2016 Mr. Justice Maguire, sitting in the High Court of Belfast, dismissed two judicial review challenges in Northern Ireland to the manner in which the government intends to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union to trigger the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

Northern Ireland High Court

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