|Christopher Hutchings is a media litigation partner |
at Hamlins LLP.
The bar was supposed, through enactment of the new statute, to have been raised for those seeking to complain that published content is libellous. The overriding purpose of this recent legislation was to overhaul the framework in which media, print and digital, will operate here in the 21st century.
The Act was widely viewed as heralding an era in which responsible journalists and publishers are given broader scope to defend their stories. This was, in particular through the setting of a higher “serious harm” threshold for those wanting to sue, as well as by introducing for the first time a statutory “public interest” defence.
Read the full story here: http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/content/despite-60-cent-jump-libel-cases-last-year-it-too-early-judge-new-defamation-act
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