BUT former Jeremy Corbyn aide loses appeal against a High Court libel ruling that ordered her to pay £10,000 in damages to TV presenter Rachel Riley following a Twitter scandal.
Miss Riley, 36 who appears on channel 4 show countdown, won claims against Laura Murray, who is in she is in her 30s or older work for in former labor leader, in December last year.
Mr Justice Nicklin rejected Ms Murray’s defense. of truth honest opinion and publication on matter of public interest and awarded Ms. Riley damages, stating that she was entitled to “recovery”.
Ms Murray appealed this decision in court. of Address in July, but her appeal was rejected by three senior judges in ruling passed on Thursday.
During the trial last Mr Judge Nicklin heard both women posted tweets after mr corbin, who was then leader of the Labor Party, was hit with an egg while visiting a mosque in March 2019.
Miss Riley posted screenshot of tweet by Guardian columnist Owen Jones in January 2019 about attack on former British National Party leader Nick Griffin, who said: “I think sound life advice if you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi.”
She is added “Good advice”, with emoticons of red rose and egg.
Ms Murray later tweeted: “Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque today. for Visit My Mosque Day and it was attacked by a Brexiteer.
Rachel Riley tweeted that Corbyn deserves a vicious attack because he is a Nazi. This woman is as dangerous as she is stupid. Nobody should attract with her. Is always.”
Miss Riley said she was being sarcastic. in her tweet, no call Mr. Corbin is a Nazi, and told the judge that Ms. Murray’s tweet caused serious harm to her reputation.
Mr Judge Nicklin concluded that the tweet meant that Ms Riley had “publicly stated” that Mr Corbyn had been assaulted while visiting a mosque; that he “deserved a vicious attack”; by doing so, she showed herself to be a “dangerous and stupid person”. who “risk of incitement to unlawful violence”; and what people should not “engage with her”.
He found that Ms Riley demonstrated that Ms Murray’s tweet caused serious harm to her reputation as well as also both said women was truthful in the testimony they gave and made their best “help the court.”
Mr Judge Nicklin said there was “an element of provocation” in Miss Riley”good advice” on Twitter.
“Despite the location good a tweet with advice cannot be described as ‘bad lead’ of plaintiff, it is legitimate to characterize it as provocative, even mischievous,” he said. in written decision.
“It was calculated to provoke a reaction, and it happened.”
Miss Riley who studied mathematics at the University of Oxford and is on maternity leave from postpartum countdown in November, told the judge she was Jewish and had a “hatred of of anti-Semitism.”
She said she says out against anti-Semitism and believed that the Labor Party, led by Corbyn, was “encouraging anti-Semitism”.
Ms Murray was a stakeholder manager in Mr Corbin office when he was Labor leader, and went on be a party head of complaints before starting training.
She claimed that what she tweeted was true and reflected her honest opinion.
Mr Judge Nicklin ruled at an earlier hearing that Ms Murray’s tweet was defamatory.
Ms Murray told the judge that her job was job related. with Jewish community “try to find a solution problem of anti-Semitism, which was becoming evident in some parts of Labor Party membership”.
Lawyers for Ms Murray submitted that Mr Judge Nicklin was wrong reject her defense, stating that “ambiguity” of Ms Riley’s initial tweet meant that Ms Murray’s subsequent tweet was “substantially true”.
They are also objected to his refusal of honest opinion and public protection of interests.
But by giving lead Lord Justice Warby’s ruling stated that Mr Justice Nicklin “is entitled to conclude that … the defendant’s tweet was not material true”.
Judge, sitting with Lord Justices Dingemans and Arnold, also dismissed Ms Murray’s other grounds of address.