Media News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Lord Ashcroft is suing The Independent , its then editor, Roger Alton, and journalist Stephen Foley over two articles it published appeared on 19 and 20 November, 2009. The pieces appeared some three months after the British Government imposed direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands following a report criticising the governance of the then premier, Michael Misick. Lord Ashcroft claims that the stories mean that he was participating in corrupt activities involving Mr Misick, who has been accused of benefiting from improper sales of Crown land and taking bribes from developers. He also claims that the second article contained an additional accusation that he told a "blatant lie" in an attempt to cover up his conduct. The defendants are pleading Reynolds privilege for responsible journalism on a matter of public interest, as well as justification and honest comment. (Press Gazette)
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