Al Amoudi v Brisard and Another: QBD 12 May 2006

In the context of allegations of Internet publication there is no presumption that the words published were actually read, and no presumption that a reader who has read one article on a blog will have read all the other articles. The burden is on the claimant in this respect, and there is no evidential presumption from the presence of a particular publication on the internet that publication will be substantial.
Gray J said: ‘I am unable to accept that under English law a claimant in a libel action on an Internet publication is entitled to rely on a presumption of law that there has been substantial publication.’
Gray J
[2006] EWHC 1062 (QB), [2006] 3 All ER 294, [2007] 1 WLR 113
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Updated: 30 January 2021; Ref: scu.242706