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Media Law Lecture: Defamation

My third media law lecture to the first year students at the University of Huddersfield was today. It was all about defamation, with a special section reflecting on the various strands of the Lord McAlpine case. It also took in the new defences included in the 2013 Defamation Act.

You can get the full presentation here.

SMC_MCR December

Alan Davies is among the well-known figures to have apologised to Lord McAlpine.

Social media and the law is the topical matter up for discussion at next month’s SMC_MCR on Tuesday 4 December. Media lawyer Steve Kuncewicz, Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye (still the only party leader to have visited my (old) house) and journalist Iram Ramzan will be on the panel for the event at The Northern pub in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

We’ve seen both criminal and civil cases arising from tweets in recent times, with lawyers for Lord McAlpine currently pursuing individuals who falsely linked him to allegations of child sex abuse following the now-infamous Newsnight report of 2 November.

Full details are here at the SMC_MCR website. I make it along to these monthly events when I can and they’re always interesting and thought-provoking, and this one looks like it’ll be particularly good. It’s also free.