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What really happened to Madeleine Beth McCann?

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 And while statistics for** 2013** indicated that **libel claims issued at court were at an all-time low**, the number of cases so far this year are reported to be **nearly 25 per cent higher than in 2013**. The increase is in large part down to the number of **libel claims arising out of social media**. So if full-blown claims against //​“old”//​ media are likely to decline, **libel lawyers are not going out of business**. Their attention is increasingly turning not just to defamation via social media but to a burgeoning **new battleground:​ that of cyber-bullying and trolling**. And while statistics for** 2013** indicated that **libel claims issued at court were at an all-time low**, the number of cases so far this year are reported to be **nearly 25 per cent higher than in 2013**. The increase is in large part down to the number of **libel claims arising out of social media**. So if full-blown claims against //​“old”//​ media are likely to decline, **libel lawyers are not going out of business**. Their attention is increasingly turning not just to defamation via social media but to a burgeoning **new battleground:​ that of cyber-bullying and trolling**.
  
-**Twitter, Facebook and other social media** sites provide users with an all-too-easy forum for publishing serious libels and, worse, hate speech. The past year has highlighted the dark side of social media, with people seemingly only too willing to abuse and harass others (often anonymously or using a false name) on the assumption that they will never be brought to account. At its most extreme is the case of **[[involvement_of_media|Brenda Leyland]]**,​ the 63-year-old who, having been outed by Sky News over her malicious campaign against the parents of Madeleine McCann, took her own life.+**Twitter, Facebook and other social media** sites provide users with an all-too-easy forum for publishing serious libels and, worse, hate speech. The past year has highlighted the dark side of social media, with people seemingly only too willing to abuse and harass others (often anonymously or using a false name) on the assumption that they will never be brought to account. At its most extreme is the case of **[[brenda_leyland|Brenda Leyland]]**,​ the 63-year-old who, having been outed by Sky News over her malicious campaign against the parents of Madeleine McCann, took her own life.
  
 Thankfully, the law enforcement agencies and courts are starting to treat hate campaigns more seriously. They are increasingly willing to use powers under the **Protection from Harassment Act 1997**, the **Malicious Communications Act 1988** and the **Communications Act 2003**, which make it a criminal offence to send an **electronic communication** (including tweets) in any form that is **grossly offensive**,​ **threatening** and which is **intended to cause distress** to the recipient. ​ Thankfully, the law enforcement agencies and courts are starting to treat hate campaigns more seriously. They are increasingly willing to use powers under the **Protection from Harassment Act 1997**, the **Malicious Communications Act 1988** and the **Communications Act 2003**, which make it a criminal offence to send an **electronic communication** (including tweets) in any form that is **grossly offensive**,​ **threatening** and which is **intended to cause distress** to the recipient. ​
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 ...The changes wrought by the Defamation Act are profound and important; **libel lawyers are likely to be kept busy for some time as the new regime beds in**. But if trials such as Plebgate will remain the exception, there are sure to be more court cases (both criminal and civil) over cyber-bullying and trolling, a distasteful and all too often dangerous facet of modern life which, regrettably,​ seems here to stay. ...The changes wrought by the Defamation Act are profound and important; **libel lawyers are likely to be kept busy for some time as the new regime beds in**. But if trials such as Plebgate will remain the exception, there are sure to be more court cases (both criminal and civil) over cyber-bullying and trolling, a distasteful and all too often dangerous facet of modern life which, regrettably,​ seems here to stay.
  
-(**Remark:​** His mentioning //"At its most extreme is the case of **[[involvement_of_media|Brenda Leyland]]**,​ the 63-year-old who...took her own life."//​ is at least grossly negligent. Knowing Leyland'​s tweets it is clear that she was not an extreme case, not either a //"​Troll"//​ at all.)+(**Remark:​** His mentioning //"At its most extreme is the case of **[[brenda_leyland|Brenda Leyland]]**,​ the 63-year-old who...took her own life."//​ is at least grossly negligent. Knowing Leyland'​s tweets it is clear that she was not an extreme case, not either a //"​Troll"//​ at all.)
  
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