The Daily Mail have been forced to issue an apology to the Harry Potter author, after accepting allegations published about the writer were “completely false and indefensible”. So what did Ms Rowling do to wind up them up? It seems being a single mother is enough.
J.k Rowling had written an article for the website of Gingerbread – the single parents’ charity. The article described her own experience as a single mother in Edinburgh while writing the first of the Harry Potter books. However, as I am sure you’re aware single-mothers are one of the many things the Daily Mail doesn’t particularly like.
Ten days after her article, the Daily Mail published its own lengthy, two-page article with the headline: “How JK Rowling’s sob story about her single mother past surprised and confused the church members who cared for her”. The article was clear libel written to tarnish the author’s reputation.
Although the newspaper printed an apology (albeit in small print on a page nobody would pay much attention to), and paid Ms Rowling substantial damages the writer was not at all happy.She insisted she had a right to give a court statement about the case. Last week the Court of Appeals sided with Ms Rowling and solicitor Keith Schilling spoke on her behalf as part of the libel settlement.
Mr Schilling explained:
Publication of the allegations left the claimant understandably distressed. This distress was exacerbated by the dismissive manner in which the defendant dealt with the claimant’s complaint in respect of an obviously defamatory and indefensible article. In these circumstances, and this statement having been read out in court, the claimant now considers that she has been fully vindicated, her reputation has been restored and accordingly is happy to bring these proceedings to a close.
The pursuit of justice for the famous author would have not only been time consuming but extremely expensive, it raises an important questions about all the other people who are smeared by newspapers who can’t afford to go through expensive and drawn out legal procedures.
Let’s face it the Daily Mail isn’t really a newspaper it basically has three kinds of headlines:
– ******* causes cancer
– ******* threatens the British way of life.
– Random celebrity gossip.