Irish paper forced to apologise to 'revolting pervert'

Star Sunday fined after deliberately republishing claim about man convicted of child pornography off

Ireland's Star Sunday newspaper has been fined €40,000 for contempt of court after a judge found that deliberately republished a libel about a man convicted of possessing child pornography.

Judge Joseph Matthews, sitting in the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin, fined Independent Star Ltd after an application by claimant Barry Watters, who is still serving a prison sentence for the child porn offence.

Watters sued the Star Sunday for libel and early in November won a "declaration of falsity" from the court, which also ordered the newspaper to publish an apology.

He brought the action under Ireland's Defamation Act 2009, which allows a court to make a declaration of falsity if it believes the defendant in a libel action has no prospect of being able to defend a claim.

 

Full story at the Press Gazette