McNae co-author presents at Defamation Act seminar

Twenty-eight journalism trainers and industry professionals attended the NCTJ Defamation Act seminar at Bloomberg in London on Friday, 18 October.

The seminar was delivered by Mike Dodd, co-author of McNae’s Essential Media Law for Journalists and legal advisor to the Press Association. He discussed a number of topics, which included: how traditional defamation defences are being updated and redefined; new rules on web libel law; and the new benchmark for defining a defamatory statement.

The Defamation Act 2013 received Royal Assent on April 25 and is expected to come into force in England and Wales by the end of the year.