‘Scrooge’ Libel Hotelier Wins £50,000 Damages

‘Scrooge’ Libel Hotelier Wins £50,000 Damages Those on the receiving end of wounding press coverage are entitled to be vindicated and compensated if standards of responsible journalism are not met. In one case, a public-spirited hotelier who was unjustifiably accused of being a ‘mean Scrooge-like figure’ by a national newspaper won £50,000 in libel damages. In comparing the man to Charles Dickens’s character, the newspaper claimed that he had callously discharged a number of hotel employees, leaving them without pay just before Christmas. The man, who had a high standing in his community and had been honoured for his charity work, said that he was ‘gutted’ by the article and…