‘Case Law: Economou v de Freitas, Court of Appeal guidance on “public interest” defence’

“On 21 November the Court of Appeal delivered a major decision on the statutory public interest defence for defamation claims, in the case of Alexander Economou v David de Freitas [2018] EWCA Civ 2591. That defence, the full title of which is ‘publication on matter of public interest’, was introduced with Section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013 to replace the common defence of ‘responsible journalism’ – dubbed the ‘Reynolds’ defence after the seminal House of Lords decision in Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd [2001] 2 AC 127. Since its introduction, both journalists and media law practitioners have awaited appellate court guidance on the defence’s scope, including the extent to which it can protect contributors as well as professional journalists …” (more)

[Dominic Garner, Inforrm’s Blog, 5 December]

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