- Alert: Court of Appeal dismisses appeal against strike out of libel claim (Bukovsky v CPS)
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TMT analysis: An appeal against a High Court decision to strike out a libel claim relating to a CPS press release which referenced charges relating to indecent images of children has been dismissed. The disputed wording included: ‘five charges of making indecent images of children’. The appellant said the High Court was wrong to reject his argument that ‘making’ in the context of indecent images had the natural and ordinary meaning that he was involved in the production of such images, photographs or film, and the natural inference would therefore be he was directly involved in, or at least present at the scene of, the sexual abuse of children. The Court of Appeal agreed with the High Court’s conclusion that the words complained of did not bear the meaning for which the appellant contended.
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