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Why vicious internet trolls deserve to be named and shamed

Malachi O'Doherty


Settling libel cases out of court is not good for open justice

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Challenge: Stephen Nolan

Challenge: Stephen Nolan

Challenge: Stephen Nolan

The way in which our defamation laws operate is of little help to most people. Telling damaging lies about someone is a civil offence in this country, unlike a physical attack. If I lose you your job by lying about you, that’s between you and me. If I punch you in the face I may do a lot less harm, but that’s a matter for the police.

Libel is one of those affronts which the law still lets you step outside and sort out like men; more High Noon than Twelve Angry Men. If you to fight alone for redress you will need money or strong nerves, especially if the person you are up against has both.


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