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A journalist found to have defamed a businessman did not have his rights to freedom of expression unfairly restricted as a result of that finding, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. 16 Jun 2017
Online content service providers will be obliged to ensure that consumers in the EU can access the material they subscribe to when they are "temporarily present" in another EU country, under new rules approved by EU law makers. 09 Jun 2017
The law of defamation aims to protect reputation, and applies to both individuals and companies.
The law protects people's right to privacy in a number of ways.
The law of malicious falsehood aims to protect economic interests. Malicious falsehood claims are sometimes made in tandem with, or as an alternative to, defamation claims.
Under the Protection from Harassment Act of 1997 (PHA) harassing someone can be a criminal offence and can give rise to civil action.
The sub judice rule regulates the publication of matters which are under consideration by the court.
This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in March 2008.
A change in the law that makes it more challenging to prove defamation in England and Wales is just one reason why the number of defamation cases brought in the UK fell last year, according to a media law expert. 07 Jun 2017
Publishers can offer internet users a choice over how their content should be paid for by using a new tool developed by Google. 06 Jun 2017
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