Monday, 20 June 2011

Sorry we said you were dead

In November 2010, the Mail apologised for prematurely killing off Carole Caplin's mum:

An article about lifestyle expert Carole Caplin published on September 18 erroneously referred to her mother as the late Sylvia Caplin.

We are happy to report that Sylvia Caplin is alive, well and continuing to work. Our apologies for these errors and the distress caused.

Today, a judge has ruled that Carole Caplin can sue the Daily Mail for libel for an article published last year:

Caplin, 48, is seeking damages of up to £250,000 from the Associated Newspapers title after a September 2010 article which allegedly suggested that she would disclose "sex secrets" about former prime minister Tony Blair's wife for £1m.

Judge Mrs Justice Sharp on Monday concluded that the article, headlined "Will Carole Caplin lift the lid on Blairs' marriage?", was capable of giving rise to the suspicion that she would sell her story for a substantial fee.

It is interesting to see this news appears on the front page of Tuesday's Express:

A few days ago, when Barbara Broccoli won damages from the Mail, the Express ran the story quite prominently on its website. Does this signal that the 'truce' between these tabloid rivals is breaking down again?

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