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The High Court’s ruling in the case of Welsh Conservative PM Mohammed Asghar shows that even foreign newspapers, printing in a different language, cannot escape English libel laws, and the strength of the Court where libel defamation is concerned.

Four years ago, the seriousness of cyber bullying was unknown to me.  I was a litigation and divorce lawyer.  I was then instructed by the victim of the most heinous of cyber bullying that I had seen and my eyes were opened to the real suffering which so many are quick to dismiss, just because the offence takes place online.

In this day and age blogging platforms are the norm if you want to get your opinion ‘out there’ – be it on travel, football, big business or your friends. These platforms are part and parcel of the ways in which we communicate  – and there can be no argument that they fulfil their roles, and allow us to communicate in the modern era. However, their inclusion into our modern life has seen a more sinister side revealed – endless possibilities to defame a business, a boss, a colleague or even a person who once felt they were your friend.

We have purposely kept out the most profane part of the tweet from the title – such is the shocking nature of it. 

Part 2 in our series on the Defamation Act 2013, focuses on the serious harm test – which will be particularly prevalent for big businesses who become the subject of libellous slurs – the key here is that the Court will no longer entertain frivolous cases – however, whether this will have any practical effect is yet to be seen – as the whole purpose behind a claim in libel is that the Claimant feels that they have been wronged.

French premier Francois Hollande has been making waves in the French tabloids recently, not for his policies, but for his alleged affair with actress Julia Gayet. The magazine Closer, owned by Silvio Berlusconi, owner of Mondadori, which, if you remember published the  photos of a topless  Kate Middleton, claimed to have caught a midnight dalliance that involved Mr Hollande and Ms. Gayet arriving at an apartment in Paris and not leaving until the morning. The photos were given pride of place in a 7 page spread in the magazine. The report went viral within seconds.

Leafing through my copy of the Sunday Times yesterday morning, I noticed an interesting article from Richard Bevan, the Head of the League Managers Association, discussing how managers have requested the Football Association to step in and assist the epidemic of sackings, by placing sanctions on clubs who undertake a summary dismissal of technical staff – i.e. a yellow card system that is aggravated should this behaviour continue, which in turn could lead to directors of offending clubs being banned from holding directorships.

The on-going issue of privacy online and whether there really is such a concept as ‘privacy’ online has yet again come to the fore in the latest action against Facebook.

The new Defamation Act 2013 officially came into force on 1 January 2014 and needless to say that it has the potential, depending on how it is practically enacted, to be a game changer, especially where the world of online defamation is concerned.  

A recent European ruling in Estonia may cause website owners to sleep slightly less easy at night as the European Court of Human Rights has issued a ruling that indicates website owners may need to actively review and moderate their websites in order

Questions have again been raised over the lawful use of social media following the serious threats of rape made against Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned to have women included on bank notes and recently succeeded in having


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