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From TheJournal.ie Woman awarded €1.2m in libel damages from Independent News and Media to sue former solicitors Action

Woman awarded €1.2m in libel damages from Independent News and Media to sue former solicitors

Solicitors McCann FitzGerald had represented Monica Leech in three libel actions against the media group dating from 2005.

From TheJournal.ie Independent Newspapers appeal over Monica Leech €1.2 million award upheld by European court Freedom Of Expression

Independent Newspapers appeal over Monica Leech €1.2 million award upheld by European court

The judgement was given by a chamber of seven judges.

From TheJournal.ie Blogger awarded £24k in damages after suing Katie Hopkins for defamation Think Before You Tweet

Blogger awarded £24k in damages after suing Katie Hopkins for defamation

Jack Monroe’s lawyer said “the price of not saying sorry has been very high” in this case.

From TheJournal.ie Madeleine McCann's parents lose libel appeal over claims they were involved in her disappearance Controversial Book
From TheJournal.ie ‘Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine’ - Kate McCann's son asked her about disappearance Maddie

‘Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine’ - Kate McCann's son asked her about disappearance

The McCann’s are suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral for libel.

From TheJournal.ie Former IBRC chiefs file legal action against Independent News & Media Suing

Former IBRC chiefs file legal action against Independent News & Media

Alan Dukes and Mike Aynsley have taken issue with the Irish Independent’s report on the IBRC’s Statement of Affairs last month.

From TheJournal.ie Kate McCann had 'suicidal thoughts' after Madeleine's disappearance Missing

Kate McCann had 'suicidal thoughts' after Madeleine's disappearance

The McCann family are suing a former policeman over a book he wrote about the missing person case.

From TheJournal.ie Kate McCann in Portuguese court for libel case against police chief Madeleine McCann

Kate McCann in Portuguese court for libel case against police chief

The former detective published a book alleging that Madeleine McCann’s parents were involved in her disappearance from a vacation home in 2007.

From TheJournal.ie Lance Armstrong pays the Sunday Times back Closure

Lance Armstrong pays the Sunday Times back

The publication was forced to give the disgraced cyclist £300,000 in a 2006 court decision

From TheJournal.ie Ireland ranks 15th on latest global Press Freedom Index Press Freedom

Ireland ranks 15th on latest global Press Freedom Index

Reporters Without Borders says Finland has the greatest press freedom, while Eritrea remains at the bottom.

From TheJournal.ie Frank Fahey receives large sum and apology in libel action against Associated Newspapers Payout

Frank Fahey receives large sum and apology in libel action against Associated Newspapers

The former minister took the action over newspaper articles written in 2006, 2007 and 2010, which he said libelled him.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here’s nine things to know before your (belated) brekkie…

From TheJournal.ie Frankie Boyle wins £54k in libel case against Daily Mirror Courts

Frankie Boyle wins £54k in libel case against Daily Mirror

Frankie Boyle won damages over an article in the Daily Mirror which described him as a “racist comedian”.

From TheJournal.ie Court to hear libel dispute between Britney Spears' former manager and mother Defamation

Court to hear libel dispute between Britney Spears' former manager and mother

The trial is expected to focus on the singer-turned-X Factor judge’s darkest days, but Spears won’t appear herself.

From TheJournal.ie Philippines: President defends new laws clamping down on online libel Philippines

Philippines: President defends new laws clamping down on online libel

The new Filipino laws mean those who libel others online face greater punishment than those who do so in print.

From The42 Be gentle, Georgie: It's the sporting tweets of the week Twittersphere This post contains images

Be gentle, Georgie: It's the sporting tweets of the week

Pancakes, a tax rebate, your preferred TV remote and one half of Wozzilroy is jealous. All human life is here.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie A 'brutal, brutal, brutal' year but TV3 remains positive about the future TV3

A 'brutal, brutal, brutal' year but TV3 remains positive about the future

As it launched its autumn schedule, TV3′s programming director Ben Frow and commercial director Pat Kiely talked recession, financial pressures, RTÉ, David Norris and Tallafornia with TheJournal.ie this week.

From TheJournal.ie Rabbitte unaware of defamation case 'until weeks before court listing' Dean Lyons

Rabbitte unaware of defamation case 'until weeks before court listing'

Court action concerned remarks made by Pat Rabbitte on RTÉ in 2006 about the charging of Dean Lyons for murders he did not commit.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's more serious than I suspected' - Rabbitte on BAI report RTÉ

'It's more serious than I suspected' - Rabbitte on BAI report

The Communications Minister has condemned the RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme, A Mission to Prey, as “a shoddy, unprofessional, cavalier, and damaging piece of work”.

From TheJournal.ie BAI inquiry into RTÉ and Fr Kevin Reynolds case is complete RTÉ

BAI inquiry into RTÉ and Fr Kevin Reynolds case is complete

However, Authority won’t make any comment or publish the findings as of yet – it is going to RTÉ “for consideration”.

From TheJournal.ie Column: David Norris's Privacy Bill recycles a flawed earlier version Opinion

Column: David Norris's Privacy Bill recycles a flawed earlier version

Secretary of the Irish NUJ, Séamus Dooley, on his concerns about the recent legislation proposed by a number of independent senators.

From TheJournal.ie Archbishop: Media must learn from Kevin Reynolds affair RTÉ

Archbishop: Media must learn from Kevin Reynolds affair

Diarmuid Martin says that while there is no general “anti-Catholic bias” in the media, it must learn from the errors made within RTÉ.

From TheJournal.ie RTÉ responds to "unsubstantiated" allegations claim RTÉ

RTÉ responds to "unsubstantiated" allegations claim

The State broadcaster has set out its reply to claims by the family of the now-deceased Br Ger Dillon that Prime Time made incorrect and unsubstantiated claims about the Christian Brother.

From TheJournal.ie Senior management at RTÉ to step aside during Fr Reynolds inquiries RTÉ

Senior management at RTÉ to step aside during Fr Reynolds inquiries

The producer and reporter on the programme which libelled Fr Kevin Reynolds will also step aside.

From TheJournal.ie Government announces inquiry into RTE programme on Kevin Reynolds Inquiry

Government announces inquiry into RTE programme on Kevin Reynolds

Pat Rabbitte announced that the independent inquiry will determine the ‘true facts and circumstances’ which led to the Prime Time programme on Fr Reynolds being broadcast earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Paris prosecutors open official investigation into DSK assault claims DSK

Paris prosecutors open official investigation into DSK assault claims

Tristine Banon’s claims of attempted rape in 2003 are under official investigation. So will Strauss-Kahn sue for slander?

From TheJournal.ie DSK maid to sue New York Post for labelling her a prostitute DSK

DSK maid to sue New York Post for labelling her a prostitute

The newspaper is being sued for libel after claiming that the 32-year-old maid was “turning tricks at the hotel”.

From TheJournal.ie Bahrain to sue The Independent over 'one-sided' reporting Bahrain

Bahrain to sue The Independent over 'one-sided' reporting

The government of Bahrain intends to sue the British newspaper over its alleged “defamatory and premeditated media campaign” against both it and Saudi Arabia.

From TheJournal.ie Footballer sues Twitter – and possibly you – over superinjunction breaches Privacy

Footballer sues Twitter – and possibly you – over superinjunction breaches

The unnamed Premier League footballer behind an injunction over an affair with Imogen Thomas files action against Twitter.

From TheJournal.ie McCafferty didn’t know she was live when making Harney comments Harney Libel

McCafferty didn’t know she was live when making Harney comments

The former Minister for Health settles action against Newstalk over comments made on air by Nell McCafferty last year.

From TheJournal.ie Liam Lawlor's widow to sue Sunday Independent for libel Courts

Liam Lawlor's widow to sue Sunday Independent for libel

Hazel Lawlor claims that the report of her husband’s death in October 2005 caused her “massive trauma”.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: More meltdown fears in Fukushima, the Fingleton Files, and an unusually busy day at the Dáil bar…

David Beckham libel action dismissed by US judge

Soccer star had sought $25m in damages after magazine published allegations he had an affair with a 26-year-old former prostitute.

From TheJournal.ie High Court issues record €10m libel payout for naked sleepwalker Courts

High Court issues record €10m libel payout for naked sleepwalker

€9m in compensation – and €1m in aggravated damages – is the highest ever libel payout in the history of the State.

From TheJournal.ie Naked sleepwalker 'defamed' by company press release Courts

Naked sleepwalker 'defamed' by company press release

Donal Kinsella (67) sleepwalked to the bedroom of his secretary while on a business trip. His company issued a press release.

From TheJournal.ie Cristiano Ronaldo wins 'substantial' Telegraph libel payout Libel

Cristiano Ronaldo wins 'substantial' Telegraph libel payout

The Portuguese footballer settles over claims he was damaging an ankle injury by partying in an LA nightclub.

BLOGGER and journalist Clare Herbert has received a threat of legal action over  a blog post she wrote in December.

Herbert wrote a post entitled “Brian Lenihan’s illness & TV3″ on December 27. The post critcised TV3 for the station’s report on the announcement that Minister Brian Lenihan had pancreatic cancer.

It also made specific criticisms of Professor John Crown, the well-known oncologist and critic of the HSE, who was interviewed in the TV3 report. Crown took up the criticism in the comments section of Herbert’s blog, and she replied, but declined to make any changes to the piece.

A debate ensued, with Crown writing: ”I have no wish to stifle your freedom of expression. The law allows you to express any opinion you wish. You should not however make serious unsubstantiated and extraordinarily damaging allegations about me or about anyone.”

The blogger replied, saying: “Readers of this blog can read both my contribution and your comments and make up their own minds. I, too, consider the matter closed.”

But the matter wasn’t closed, and Herbert revealed on Twitter today that she had received an email threatening legal papers. If the action goes ahead, it will only be the second known instance of a blogger in Ireland being sued.

Earlier this year an Irish blogger agreed to a €100,000 payout after allegedly libelling a senior civil servant and his girlfriend.