Kristianstadsbladet and its Editor in Chief Acquitted in Defamation CaseOn September 24 a jury acquitted the newspaper Kristianstadsbladet and its Editor in Chief from charges of libel.
The background to the case was two articles published in the newspaper during 2008. The articles reported that a named project manager had showed interest in two large construction projects. The articles also stated that the man was previously convicted of various crimes.
The man brought an action in the district court claiming that the articles were defamatory and that he was described as a criminal which in turn led to severe social consequences for him and his family. He claimed damages in the amount of SEK 300,000.
The jury declared that the articles did not constitute libel under Swedish press law. This means that the newspaper and its Editor in Chief will be acquitted on all charges by the court.
Ulf Isaksson and Mattias Pettersson represented Kristianstadsbladet and the Editor in Chief in the trial.