Thornton v Telegraph Case and Defamation
Today it’s back to defamation law, that good old stand-by! A lot is happening in this area in the UK, where, as I think I’ve noted previously, there is an ongoing campaign to free up the laws, and where London is being labelled the ‘libel capital’ of the world, a rather exaggerated claim. In any event, listeners might remember the Singh case discussed previously, where best-selling author Simon Singh had published an article criticising chiropractic and the British Chiropractic Association in the Guardian in 2008. When the BCA sued him, all sorts of prominent people, like Stephen Fry, PEN authors, etc, began to call for change to libel laws, although on rather confused grounds, it has to be said. The main complaints appeared to be about the outrageous cost of defending defamation actions, as well as suggestions that it is too easy for non-English nationals who don’t live in the UK to sue there. Singh won his appeal and the case by the BCA has been dropped, but the campaign has continued, with the new coalition government being convinced to support a review of the laws with a view to reform.