Public Comment on Court Proceedings

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Libel actions nowadays should instinctively require courts to strike a balance between a person's right to a good reputation (under Article 8, ECHR) and the rights of freedom of speech (under Article 10, ECHR). This is a commentary on Bento v Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police, where Bean J, who tried the case without a jury in June 2012, proceeded to adopt a traditional approach to a defence claim of qualified privilege and failed to apply the principle laid down by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers in Flood v News International Ltd.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2012

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