Newspaper owner loses libel case in UK
July 23, 2009 3:27 PM Subscribe
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Suing for libel, UK newspaper proprietor Richard Desmond made a point of denying that he exerts any influence over stories appearing in his papers. He lost his case today
, but reading his paper's website
, you'd be forgiven for thinking he'd actually won it!
The result came in spite of the trial being in front of Justice Eady, notorious for siding with so-called "libel tourists," which some have claimed contributes to a "chilling effect" on free speech in the UK. Notwithstanding his malign influence
the jury found in favour of the defendant, journalist Tom Bower, whose biography of another somewhat delusional newspaper proprietor, Conrad Black
, was the subject of the action.