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Countdown presenter Rachel Riley loses latest round of libel battle



elevision presenter Rachel Riley has misplaced the latest round of a libel battle with a political blogger and Jeremy Corbyn supporter over an article which alleged that she engaged in a “marketing campaign of on-line abuse and harassment” in opposition to a young person on Twitter.

Ms Riley, 35, the numbers knowledgeable on the Channel 4 present Countdown, sued Mike Sivier after he revealed an article on his web site Vox Political in January 2019 with the headline: “Serial abuser Rachel Riley to obtain ‘additional safety’ – on grounds that she is receiving abuse”.

Mr Sivier defended what he had revealed, arguing that it was “considerably true”, sincere opinion, and a matter of public curiosity.

A High Court choose had dominated in favour of Ms Riley and struck out Mr Sivier’s defences.

Mrs Justice Collins Rice concluded that he had “no prospect” of succeeding at a trial.


But Mr Sivier on Friday received an attraction.

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Three Court of Appeal judges dominated that Mr Sivier’s public curiosity defence ought to be assessed at a trial.

“I’d enable the attraction,” mentioned one attraction choose, Lord Justice Warby, in a written ruling.

“I’d put aside the order hanging out the defence of publication on matter of public curiosity.”

He added: “In my view, the suitable course is for the general public curiosity defence to be assessed at a trial.”

The two different attraction judges, Lord Justice Henderson and Dame Victoria Sharp, mentioned they agreed.

Ms Riley is ready to listen to whether or not she has received a separate damages battle after suing a former aide to Jeremy Corbyn for libel.

She sued Laura Murray, 32, over a tweet posted two years in the past.

A High Court choose completed overseeing a three-day trial on the High Court in London earlier this week.

Mr Justice Nicklin is predicted to publish a ruling within the close to future.

Ms Riley’s dispute with Mr Sivier centres on tweets posted as half of a web based debate on anti-Semitism within the Labour Party some of which have been exchanged between Ms Riley and a Twitter consumer who recognized herself as a 16-year-old referred to as Rose.

The TV presenter has instructed how she is Jewish, has a “hatred of anti-Semitism”, speaks out in opposition to it and thinks the Corbyn-led Labour Party was “fostering anti-Semitism”.

Ms Riley, who studied arithmetic at Oxford University, had requested Mrs Justice Collins Rice to strike out Mr Sivier’s defences earlier than the case went to trial.

Mrs Justice Collins Rice granted her software, and mentioned that, opposite to allegations in Mr Sivier’s article, Ms Riley’s on-line dialogue with Rose was a “simple, rational and respectful trade of views”.

The choose additionally mentioned there was no proof that the presenter had inspired any of her 600,000 followers to harass Rose, and she or he was not answerable for any abuse {the teenager} acquired.

Lawyers representing Mr Sivier say his article addressed “issues of public curiosity” – on-line bullying and harassment, and the facility of an grownup superstar in contrast with the relative powerlessness of a weak youngster struggling anxiousness, psychological well being and anti-Semitism.

Appeal judges mentioned a defendant counting on a public curiosity defence should set up a perception that publishing an announcement was within the public curiosity, and that the idea was cheap.

They concluded that the “acceptable time and place” for an analysis of points raised was at a trial.

Mr Sivier’s attraction in opposition to the dismissal of his “reality and sincere opinion” defences was dismissed.