Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom
Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom discusses the different approaches to the law of libel and privacy on either side of the Atlantic and the Rachel Ehrenfeld case that generated the lobbying campaign that eventually resulted in President Obama signing the SPEECH Act into law in the US. Written by one of the most successful libel lawyers in Europe, the book debates whether the demands for reform of UK defamation law are justified, or whether it is simply the press seizing an opportunity to protect their own interests on the back of what has probably been one of the most successful lobbying campaigns since that undertaken by the tobacco industry some years ago. Examining the issue of press regulation against the background of the Leveson Inquiry and the phone hacking scandal, it questions whether statutory regulation of the press would actually serve to protect rather than stifle investigative journalism and whether any replacement body should be more akin to the OFCOM model. *** "As a lawyer with an international practice comprising of US and UK clients, I welcome this book. From Phone Hacking to Wikileaks, many of the current global media scandals have emanated from the UK. There is no one with the experience, knowledge and insight of Paul Tweed to better explain the impact of these cases and the similarity and differences of Media (including Privacy and Libel) Law in the US and UK. This book is a valuable resource for lawyers and law schools in both countries. Importantly, it will also make compelling reading for anyone who has an interest in current and breaking media stories and issues." Paul J. Wright, Attorney at Law, President of the British American Business Council, Los Angelesòòò
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