Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Newspapers held to account for publishing defamatory information

The Sun, the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror, the Daily Mail, the Daily Record, the Daily Express, the Daily Star and the Scotsman have all paid undisclosed damages to Chris Jefferies, the man originally accused of killing Jo Yeates.

In December 2010 and January 2011 the papers undertook a complete character assassination of him by publishing “seriously defamatory” allegations. The papers alleged "he had acted in an inappropriate, over-sexualised manner with his pupils in the past". Other articles suggested that he was an associate of a convicted paedophile.

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