Defamation, Home Secretary’s comments and action in the courts 

June 26, 2023

– Zia Akhtar Grays Inn. – Suella Braverman’s remarks about ‘Pakistani men’ need examination against the law of defamation and the defence of Parliamentary privilege.  Abstract In an interview on Sky television on 3 April 2023 the UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman stated that “Pakistan-origin men” were responsible for “grooming white English girls” who were […]

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Not Every Lie Amounts to Perjury – Lessons from the Coulson Acquittal

June 15, 2015

Andy Coulson, the ex-editor of the News of the World was cleared of committing perjury – despite what seemed to be a strong case against him. The journalist was acquitted on the 12th day of his trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, after being accused of lying under oath about his knowledge of phone […]

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Defamation and Digitalisation – Can Scotland Stay in the Dark Age?

October 15, 2014

The Faculty of Advocates have recently highlighted that in a rapidly digitalising world, marked by the rise of social media and the internet, the law of defamation in Scotland may be unable to keep pace. New laws introduced in England and Wales, under the Defamation Act 2013 are designed protect freedom of speech on platforms […]

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