Defamation

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The definition of what constitutes a defamatory statement has been set out in legislation for the first time under reforms passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill aims to simplify and modernise defamation law, while ensuring that a better balance i

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An investigation has been launched over allegations the director of a concentration camp memorial in Germany defamed members of the Wehrmacht by suggesting they committed war crimes. Jens-Christian Wagner, director of the Buchenwald memorial, is being investigated by prosecutors who have asked him t

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The Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill has passed stage one at Holyrood. The purpose of the bill is to clarify and strengthen the statutory underpinning of defamation in Scots law. The bill seeks to do this by placing certain key elements of common law on defamation on a statutory

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Three years after a defamation action was brought against him, Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman has been vindicated by a judge in the Court of Session. Lord Clark in the Outer House found, among other things, that the allegedly defamatory statements of Mr Wightman lacked the meaning the "ordinary r

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MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee are seeking views from the public, media organisations and publishers, internet firms and other experts on proposed changes to the law on defamation. The Justice Committee has been tasked with considering the Defamation and Malicious Publicat

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The definition of what constitutes a defamatory statement is to be set out in Scots law for the first time under draft legislation published today. The Defamation and Malicious Publication Bill would simplify and modernise defamation law and aims to ensure that a better balance is struck between pro

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181 writers and campaigners including Ian Rankin, Sara Sheridan, Christopher Brookmyre, Karen Campbell, Christine de Luca, Zoe Wicomb, James Robertson and Zoe Strachan have signed a letter authored by Scottish PEN calling on the Scottish government to introduce a defamation bill in the forthcoming y

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The Court of Appeal in England & Wales has handed down its judgment in the matter of Howard Kennedy v The National Trust for Scotland [2019] EWCA Civ 648, on appeal from the decision of Sir David Eady, sitting as a judge of the High Court on the Queen's Bench Division Media and Communications Li

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An English solicitor who said her professional reputation had been destroyed by a Facebook post has lost her £900,000 libel claim. The High Court in London ruled that lawyers for Dr Katherine Alexander-Theodotou, of Highgate Hill Solicitors, had not established that the post had caused "seriou

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