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8.1 The multiple publication rule was recently considered by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Times Newspapers v The United Kingdom. The Court held unanimously that there was no violation of Article 10. The Court observed that in the case before it the two libel actions related to the same articles and both had been commenced within 15 months of the initial publication of the articles. The applicant's ability to defend itself effectively was not therefore hindered by the passage of time. Accordingly, the problems linked to ceaseless liability did not arise. However, the Court emphasised that while individuals who are defamed must have a real opportunity to defend their reputations, libel proceedings brought against a newspaper after too long a period might well give rise to a disproportionate interference with the freedom of the press under Article 10.

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