08 March 2011
BBC journalist wins libel damages
BBC reporter Lizo Mzimba has received damages from a national newspaper over false claims he behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner during an assignment.
The former presenter of Newsround enlisted the services of a libel solicitor after the Independent published a story about him visiting Cambridge University in October 2009.
It claimed Mzimba had become visibly intoxicated and proceeded to act in an unwelcome and sexually inappropriate way towards students.
The journalist will now receive undisclosed damages from the Independent, having successfully brought proceedings against the newspaper in the High Court, BBC News reports.
Mr Mzimba's solicitor said the publication had repeated untrue allegations that previously appeared in The Tab, a Cambridge University student paper.
"I'm very pleased that this matter has finally been resolved," the reporter said in a statement.
Mr Mzimba joined the corporation as a trainee in 1994 and was appointed entertainment correspondent for BBC News in 2008.
Jeremy Clarke-Williams, Head of Media Libel and Privacy at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "The outcome of this case serves to reinforce the importance of journalists verifying their stories by contacting the target of allegations before publication."
Posted by Cheryl Bennett
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