Don’t expect the papers to report Riley libel trial straight

I finally got round to reading the Daily Mail‘s report of the court hearing in the Rachel Riley libel case on December 11 – and all I can say is: how disappointing!

The result of the hearing was that the judge rejected most of Ms Riley’s claims about the meaning of my article, and the members of her legal team were told to go away and rethink their charges against me.

So why did the author of the Mail report lead on a claim that Ms Riley had been wrongly accused of being responsible for death threats against a teenage girl?

I don’t think I even heard that claim being made in court; it is possible that it was implied – I put the likelihood no higher than that.

In fact, my article stated that I did not believe she had intentionally tried to get her followers to threaten the girl with death. I argued that she had been irresponsible and reckless, in that others seemed to have been encouraged to do so after reading her comments.

The Mail accurately reported that Ms Riley’s lawyers argued that my article portrayed her as a hypocrite – but then, so did my own. That was the opinion my article was presenting.

And the judge, Mr Justice Nicklin, ruled that the article was a classic expression of opinion in that respect.

If this is the standard of journalism I can expect in reports of the case, then I can expect no justice from the mass media.

But then, we won’t need to worry about what they say if I win the case; they will make themselves look foolish.

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6 thoughts on “Don’t expect the papers to report Riley libel trial straight

  1. John

    Hi Mike, out of pure interest (I don’t think you’ve ever disclosed?), how much more cash are you likely to need, on top of what you already have?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I don’t know – probably a lot.

      And everything that has been raised so far has now been spent.

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