Thursday, 13 January 2011

Libel and Express Newspapers

Roy Greenslade posted this on his blog earlier today - he's compiled a list of libel cases (resulting in pay-outs) involving the Daily/Sunday Express and Daily Star/Daily Star Sunday since March 2008. It's a long list:

March 2008: £550,000 to the McCanns for "utterly false and defamatory" stories published in all four EN titles about the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine.

April 2008: substantial undisclosed damages plus costs to Italian footballer Marco Materazzi after the Star falsely alleged he had used racist abuse to provoke an attack by France's Zinedine Zidane.

June 2008: substantial undisclosed damages to Ozzy Osbourne for false allegations by the Star about his behaviour at an awards ceremony.

July 2008: £200,000 to Robert Murat for false allegations about him by all EN titles during the hunt for Madeleine. (Three other newspaper groups also paid £200,000 apiece).

July 2008: substantial undisclosed damages plus costs to footballer Andy Cole because the Star falsely accused him of beating his wife.

October 2008: £375,000 to the so-called "tapas seven", friends of the McCanns, for false allegations about them after the disappearance of Madeleine.

December 2008: £45,000 plus costs to Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Great Britain for false claims in the Express linking him to death threats against Prince Harry.

December 2008: damages to Matt Lucas and David Walliams for an article in the Daily Star Sunday that claimed their TV series had offended gay groups in the US. In fact, the named groups did not even exist.

January 2009: substantial undisclosed damages to teenager Kelly Marshall because the Star falsely claimed she had called a murderer a hero.

February 2009: substantial undisclosed damages to Pentagon Capital Management for false allegations in the Sunday Express about the fund manager's bosses.

June 2009: substantial undisclosed damages plus costs to footballer Michael Owen for claims in the Express that he was unwanted and about to retire.

June 2009: substantial undisclosed damages plus costs to David Beckham over false claims in the Star that he chatted up a topless model.

July 2009: £20,000 plus costs to Kate Beckinsale for false claims in the Express that she had been passed over for a movie role.

October 2009: undisclosed damages to Sheryl Gascoigne for a "sensational and highly offensive" story claiming her financial demands had caused her former husband, Paul, to relapse into alcoholism.

December 2009: substantial damages plus costs to Earl Spencer and his daughter for false allegations in the Sunday Express that they had acted improperly over his divorce from his second wife, Caroline.

January 2010: substantial damages and costs to Peaches Geldof for a Star story that falsely implied she was a prostitute.

April 2010: substantial damages to four trustees of a UK charity, Ummah Welfare Trust, after the Express falsely claimed it had links to al-Qaeda.

May 2010: substantial damages and costs to comedian Matt Lucas for a string of "grossly intrusive articles" in the Star following the death of his former partner.

July 2010: damages and costs to Susan Boyle for a Star story wrongly alleging she had to be sedated on a flight to Tokyo.

July 2010: £60,000 to the trustees of a charity, Interpal, for an Express story falsely claiming it supported Hamas.

July 2010: undisclosed damages to actor Mohammed George for an untrue Daily Star Sunday story accusing him of being drunk and threatening BBC staff.

October 2010: undisclosed damages to Rockstar Games for an "entirely false" Star story about the company having invented a video game based on the exploits of the gunman Raoul Moat.

November 2010: undisclosed damages and costs to former MP Stephen Hesford for a false Express report that he had sexually harassed an employee.

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