In the Media

Police corruption article justified

PUBLISHED March 23, 2012

Supreme Court Published March 23, 2012Flood v Times Newspapers LtdBefore Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Lord Mance, Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony and Lord Dyson Judgment March 21, 2012A newspaper was protected from liability for defamation when it published allegations of corruption which were being investigated against a named police officer, even though the officer was subsequently exonerated, because police corruption was a matter of great public interest and importance, and at the time of publication it justifiably appeared to the journalists that there was a strong circumstantial case against the police officer.