27 July 2011
Newspaper ordered to pay libel damages over review
An author has won her claim for libel damages from a national newspaper that published a negative review of one of her books.
The Daily Telegraph was ordered to pay £65,000 to Seven Days in the Art World writer Dr Sarah Thornton after publishing a critique of the work by Lynn Barber.
Mr Justice Tugendhat stated while the review could not be seen as defamatory, it may be defined as a malicious falsehood.
A spokeswoman for the Telegraph Media Group (TMG) stated the company is "dismayed" by the ruling of the court.
"We believe the findings that Lynn Barber was reckless and motivated by malice are erroneous and have adverse implications for freedom of expression," she said.
It was also added that TMG will be seeking to overrule the decision at an appeal as soon as possible.
Barber herself is a successful published author, having success with titles such as An Education, which was later made into a popular film starring Carey Mulligan and Dominic Cooper.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson