No freedom to express

MGN Limited has had a claim rejected by the European Court of Human Rights that its right to freedom of expression had been violated in relation to a case brought by Naomi Campbell. Naomi claimed a breach of her confidence when MGN published an article revealing her drug addiction. MGN argued that the House of Lords decision in the case had failed to accord sufficient weight to the editor’s assessment of how much detail to publish in order to ensure the credibility of the story, particularly since Ms Campbell had accepted that the facts of her drug addiction and treatment could be published. However the European Court found that the House of Lords had disclosed relevant and sufficient reasons.

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