British Libel Law: Its Ripple Effect on Journalists Worldwide

Seitz, Jonathan
March 2011
Nieman Reports;Spring2011, Vol. 65 Issue 1, p21
The article examines the impact of British Libel Law on the practice of journalism. It notes the first successful libel case tried in Great Britain when Germany's Duke of Brunswick won a judgment by the British court for defamatory statements written against him by the "Weekly Dispatch" on September 19, 1830. Today, the Duke of Brunswick ruling or the "multiple publication" rule has established Great Britain's reputation as a libel lawsuit country. British officials have called for a reform of the British Libel Law by 2013.


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