NBR are interesting the award of $269,000 prices award made in favour of former Nationwide Minister Steven Joyce, after he had gained a defamation case in opposition to the newspaper involving a column written by Matthew Hooton and involving Tweets and apologies.
Justice Pheroze Jagose heard the case last year and made the choice that Joyce had been defamed in respect of a column written by PR operator and columnist Matthew Hooton in early 2018 (who apologised and retracted his assertion in addition to making as $5000 cost in prices) however discovered that NBR and its writer Todd Scott had individually defamed Steven Joyce.
The separate defamation concerned tweets from Scott that have been discovered to have defamed Joyce and are one of many first defamation instances in opposition to as public determine in New Zealand by way of Twitter.
The enchantment is being taken by Wellington defamation consultants Peter McKnight (proper) and Ali Romanos. Morrison Kent appeared on the unique listening to.
It’s believed that the enchantment will argue that Justice Jagose’s resolution contained severe misconceptions about defamation regulation ideas that, if left undisturbed, could have a extremely damaging impact upon political dialogue in New Zealand, in addition to severe penalties for the appellants.
The appellants are additionally claiming that the choose had wrongly discovered the column to be defamatory and had attributed his personal which means to the column, arguing that the choice would have a chilling impact upon public political dialogue in New Zealand.