Libel ruling challenged

The Law Lords are considering moves by journalists Allan Piper and Clive Wolman, along with Associated Newspapers, to challenge an Appeal Court ruling striking out paragraphs of their defence to a libel claim in respect of a Mail on Sunday article. The question raised is one of great importance in journalistic circles, namely what can be interpreted as being justified when applied to the reporting of pending legal proceedings. Leave to appeal to the Law Lords was refused by the Court of Appeal but a direct application to the Lords has now been made by the journalists.