Dafamation

Website editor not liable for publishing sexual allegations against political candidate

Olafsson v Iceland [2017] ECHR 259

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that the Icelandic courts were wrong to hold a website editor liable for publishing allegations made by two sisters that a relative, who was standing for election, had sexually abused them when they were children.

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Dafamation, Media

High Court rules that serious harm test applies to tweets

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Dafamation

European Court finds that defamation proceedings taken by a politician breached the right to freedom of expression

Lykin v Ukraine [2017] ECHR 17

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that comments made about a local politician elected to a post of responsibility within the district Council, in Ukraine, were not defamatory.  Such comments were capable of justification within Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Dafamation

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.

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Dafamation

Irish High Court rules: no duty on Facebook to remove defamatory material

Fred Muwema v Facebook Ireland Limited [2016] IEHC519

The High Court of Ireland ordered Facebook to disclose the identity and location of an individual who was operating a page containing defamatory content.  However, it did not grant injunctions requiring Facebook either to remove the posts or to prevent the material in them from being re-posted, given that the defendant could rely on statutory defences.

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Dafamation

Violation of Article 10 to order politician to publish apology for defaming newspaper

Kurski v Poland (Application No. 26115/10)

The European Court’s Fourth Section held that a civil action by a newspaper against a Polish politician, Jacek Kurski, for alleging that the newspaper had an agreement with an oil corporation to finance the newspaper’s mass propaganda against his political party, violated the politician’s freedom of expression.

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Dafamation

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