Saturday, September 18, 2010

Russia’s Supreme Court Rules on Libel Awards

Russia’s Supreme Court Plenum issued a ruling, binding on all general-jurisdiction courts, concerning libel damages awarded against mass media outlets. According to the ruling, which aims to provide uniformity in judicial practice, libel awards must be “reasonable and fair”, and must not breach “mass media freedom.” The ruling addresses the Supreme Court's concern that, currently, libel awards are often too high, and may lead to bankruptcy of the mass media.

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