- MP libel claim over Black Sabbath parody image (Burgon v News Group Newspapers Ltd)
- What did the court decide?
- Public interest defence
- Defence of truth
- Defence of honest opinion
- Case details
TMT analysis: Richard Burgon MP has succeeded in his libel claim against News Group Newspapers Limited over an article published on The Sun newspaper’s website which alleged that he had joined a band which delighted in Nazi symbols. The court held that the meaning of the article was defamatory and awarded damages. The defences of public interest, truth and honest opinion failed. The court found no evidence that the band Dream Troll, for whom Mr Burgon had made a guest appearance, took great pleasure in using Nazi symbols and found that the relevant image used by the band was an imitation of a famous Black Sabbath album cover, and not Nazi iconography.
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