ITN sues Two Ten over Living Marxism release

ITN is suing Two Ten Communications over a press release it distributed on behalf of Living Marxism magazine on the UNS Newswire service.

ITN is suing Two Ten Communications over a press release it

distributed on behalf of Living Marxism magazine on the UNS Newswire

service.



It is the first known case of a PR newswire service being sued for

distributing a press release.



ITN claims the Living Marxism press release, which contained allegations

about ITN’s coverage of the Bosnian conflict, was defamatory.



Two Ten managing director Paul McFarland said: ’We are taking advice as

to whether to defend or seek a settlement.



’Normally all copy is read and checked by journalists for accuracy and

potentially libellous statements. Routinely we go back to clients and

advise them on changes to press releases. On occasions we have refused

to carry press releases. Obviously no procedure is absolutely foolproof

and we are now reviewing our procedures.’



Living Marxism press officer Jan Macvarish said it was the first time

the magazine had used a commercial newswire.



Under the new Defamation Act 1996, distributors have a defence if they

can prove they ’took reasonable care in relation to its publication’ and

’did not know, and had no reason to believe’ that the distribution

’caused or contributed to the publication of a defamatory

statement’.



Leader, p9.



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