Libel Worsheet

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Libel Worsheet

  1. 1. Understanding Libel Worksheet What is the difference between defamation, slander and libel? Slander is verbal. Libel is Why were libel laws first introduced? To stop gentlemen dueling. Why is it possible to review shows/films/performances and not be sued for libel? It comes under the fair comment defense, which is when everybody knows itʼs an opinion. Why did Dr. Sarah Thornton win her case against the Telegraph? This is because the reviewer criticized Sarah Thorntonʼs techniques and skill, not the text itself. The super-injunction protecting Ryan Giggs privacy was broken by John Hemming MP - why was this allowed? Because he was protected from libel when in the house of commons. Name 3 problems with UK libel law: They favor the claimant. They place a burden of proof on the defendant. The process is very expensive, and so favors the rich. Which individual are liable for libel on the magazine? The editor and the writer.

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