26 January 2011
Scotland 'could change media defamation laws'
The manner in which certain defamation cases are handled in Scotland is being reviewed by the relevant authorities north of the border, it has been reported.
According to an article published in the Guardian earlier this week (January 24th 2011), talks among policymakers north of the border are ongoing with regard to whether or not the dead can be defamed by the media.
This review has come about following a petition instigated by James and Margaret Wilson, whose daughter Diane was stabbed to death in Glasgow some 20 years ago.
They complained about the fact that the media had reported that their son had committed suicide "after reading an article alleging that Diane was a bully".
As a result of this action, the Scottish government - which acts through powers devolved to it from central government in Westminster - has produced a consultation document that could lead to "legal actions being brought by close relatives of people who met violent deaths and who may have been defamed by their killers".
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Posted by Richard Saunders