O’Brien’s case should never have reached the High Court

The Department of Justice needs to publish its review of the Defamation Act as soon as possible

Irish investigative journalism won a huge victory on Friday, when a jury found that Denis O’Brien had not been defamed by this newspaper. This shows that critical coverage, if true, is not defamatory.

Journalists must be independent. They should not act or write on behalf of any special interests, whether corporate, political or social. And they should be able to report fairly – even critically – on matters of public interest, without fear ...