Rachel Riley receives £ 10,000 in damages after suing ex-Corbyn employee for Twitter defamation

A judge said the TV host had a “right” to “justification” - but said that a tweet she posted contained a “clear element of provocation”.

GB About: Rachel Riley Publish: 12/21/2021 Edit: 12/21/2021 Author: Gardener


Rachel RileyTV presenter Rachel Riley has awarded £ 10,000 in damages from a high court judge after she sued a former aide to Jeremy Corbyn for defamation following an exchange on Twitter tweet Laura Murray, who is in her early 30s, posted more than two years ago has. Mr Justice Nicklin oversaw the London High Court case in May and pronounced a verdict on Monday. The judge said Ms. Riley was "entitled" to "justification" - but said the tweet she posted contained a "clear element of provocation". Laura Murray arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice (Dominic Lipinski / PA) (PA Wire) He had heard that both women had posted tweets after Mr Corbyn, the Labor leader at the time, heard an egg while visiting a mosque in March 2019 had been hit. Ms. Riley first posted a screenshot of a January 2019 tweet by Guardian columnist Owen Jones about an attack on former British National Party leader Nick Griffin, which said, "I think solid life advice is when you don't want to That being pelted with eggs is not a Nazi. "Later, Ms. Murray tweeted," Today Jeremy Corbyn went to Visit My Mosque Day at his local mosque and was attacked by a Brexiteer. Rachel Riley tweeted that Corbyn deserved to be violently attacked for being a Nazi. Ms. Riley said she was sarcastic in her tweet, calling Mr. Corbyn not a Nazi, and telling the judge that Ms. Murray's tweet seriously damaged her reputation. Ms. Murray was a stakeholder manager in Mr. Corbyn's office when he was Labor leader and subsequently became the party's complainant before apprenticeship, arguing that what she tweeted was true and hers was honest en reflect opinions. Justice Nicklin had ruled at an earlier hearing that Ms. Murray's tweet was defamatory. He concluded that the tweet meant that Ms. Riley had "publicly stated" that Mr. Corbyn had been attacked while visiting a mosque; that he "deserves to be violently attacked"; in doing so she had shown herself to be a “dangerous and stupid person” who had “incited risky violence”; and that people shouldn't "concern themselves with it." The judge was asked to see in the May trial whether serious damage had been done to Ms. Riley's reputation and whether Ms. Murray was defending the truth, honest opinion, or the public interest. "This case is unusual," said the judge in a written judgment on Monday. “It's essentially about two tweets: the good advice tweet and the defendant's tweet. "I have determined that the posting of the defendant's tweet did serious damage to the plaintiff's reputation and I have dismissed the defendant's defense." He added, "The plaintiff is therefore entitled to a claim for damages." Mr. Justice Nicklin said Ms. Murray's tweet "essentially" misrepresents what Ms. Riley said in the "good advice tweet". He rejected Mr. Riley's argument that Ms. Murray was "motivated by an improper purpose". "She made a mistake in the defendants' tweet by not including the tweet with good advice." Rachel Riley arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London (Dominic Lipinski / PA) (PA Archives) Mr Justice Nicklin said the publication of the "good advice tweet" could not be described as "bad behavior" by Ms. Riley. "The good advice tweet contains a clear element of provocation, in the sense that the plaintiff must have readily recognized that the meaning of the good advice tweet was ambiguous and could at least be read in such a way that Jeremy Corbyn deserved it, to be it. "incited because of his political views," said the judge. "Plaintiff can hardly be surprised - and can hardly complain - that the good advice tweet generated the response, including the defendant's tweet." He said these were "matters to consider when deciding on" reasonable " Compensation must be taken into account appropriately. Ms. Riley, who studied mathematics at Oxford University and is on maternity leave after Countdown's birth in November, had told the judge that she was Jewish and had "hatred of anti-Semitism". She said she spoke out against anti-Semitism, thinking that the Corbyn-led Labor Party "promotes anti-Semitism". Ms. Murray told the judge that her job was to work with the Jewish community to "try to find solutions to the problem of anti-Semitism that has become evident in parts of Labor membership." Ms. Riley said in a tweet that she was satisfied. "I am delighted to have won my defamation trial against Laura Murray, the former Labor Party complainant," she said.


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