Privacy and Libel Law

The Clash with Press Freedom

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Privacy and Libel Law

The Clash with Press Freedom

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This new title covers the law surrounding freedom of press versus rights of the individual, including in depth analysis of the review of UK libel law and the draft Defamation Bill published in March 2011.

Contents includes:
History and development of libel laws in the UK and USA;
Actions brought by US personalities in the UK Courts;
The ramifications of the Rachel Ehrenfeld case;
Importance of striking a balance between an unfettered press reporting in the public interest and one-sided coverage of particular issues;
The argument for statutory press regulation;
Level of damages awarded in comparison to costs involved;
Anticipated changes to the law;
Alternative remedies;
Difficulties facing Claimants without access to legal aid;
Implications arising from the phone hacking scandal.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Background to the controversy - differences in attitudes towards "freedom of speech" in the US and UK;
Chapter 2 Development of libel law in the USA;
Chapter 3 Increased media attention on defamation and privacy;
Chapter 4 The clamour for reform;
Chapter 5 The developing laws of privacy;
Chapter 6 A decade of press intrusions;
Chapter 7 The press on trial;
Chapter 8 Access to justice;
Chapter 9 The battle for privacy;
Chapter 10 An international perspective;
Chapter 11 Intellectual property and other rights;
Chapter 12 Who guards the guardians?;
Chapter 13 Conclusion.

Product details

Published 23 Apr 2015
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 170
ISBN 9781780433646
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed is recognised in expert legal circles a…