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Print articles treated as one publication when determining meaning in MP defamation case (Poulter v Times Newspapers)

Print articles treated as one publication when determining meaning in MP defamation case (Poulter v Times Newspapers)
Published on: 27 February 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Print articles treated as one publication when determining meaning in MP defamation case (Poulter v Times Newspapers)
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TMT analysis: The High Court has held that two articles published in the Sunday Times should be considered one publication for the purposes of determining meaning. However, online reproduction of the two articles were considered separate publications and each was individually attributed a meaning on the basis that an ordinary, reasonable reader would have read the two print articles together, but the same could not be said of the two online articles which merely contained hyperlinks to each other as ‘Related Links’ at the bottom of each piece. The articles referred to allegations of sexual assault made against MP Daniel Poulter. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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