Saturday 3 December 2016

Decision must hasten reform of defamation law

Colm MacGinty Editor, Sunday World

Published 20/10/2015 | 02:30

While communications, media and the Internet expand and develop more rapidly than ever, media law must keep pace with this demand, changes and global reach
While communications, media and the Internet expand and develop more rapidly than ever, media law must keep pace with this demand, changes and global reach
Colm McGinty

The Court of Appeal decision yesterday was welcomed by the 'Sunday World', not only for itself, but for all media organisations and outlets in Ireland.

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The court's finding that a verdict which was handed down by a jury almost seven-and-a -half years ago, was, in essence, perverse, highlights the entirely unsatisfactory system of dealing with claims involving the press and media.

The court recognised that the 'Sunday World', as with any newspaper, had and has a constitutional right to publish the information that Martin McDonagh was a drug dealer.

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