March 8, 2016 By Sir Lawrence A. Joseph
A recent case judgment coming out from the High Court in Grenada indicates how devastating the tortious offence of defamation could be. In that case the complainant, Dr. Patrick Antoine was awarded compensation against the defendants, Lloyd Noel, in his capacity as a columnist and George Worme, a newspaper editor, in the amount of $575,000.00. This is the highest amount of damages which have been awarded in Grenada in a case involving defamation. This judgment helps to lay focus on what really constitutes the balance between freedom of expression and defamation.