Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Durand Academy V Lambeth Council: Libel action

A South London primary school is funding a libel action brought by current and former employees over three emails sent by the Chief Auditor of Lambeth Council. The school has ignored a freedom of information request for details of how much it is spending on the court action — but Index on Censorship believes that the costs may already have run into six figures.

The case of Durand Academy raises serious questions both about the chilling effect of UK libel law, and the creeping encroachment of the “reputation management” industry into public life. The school, which is funded largely from the public purse, has admitted paying over £199,000 to a PR firm run by its Vice Chair of Governors.

It’s hard to find a clearer illustration of the need for libel reform than the case of Durand Academy. 

My comment: Essentially a taxpayer funded action V a taxpayer funded defence. And I thought South Tyneside V Mr Monkey was a waste of taxpayer's money. However, at least the streisand effect will bring closer scrutiny to both cases. 

Read the full story from the source  Index on Censorship

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