March 16, 2008

Al Mascitti would have had it tough in his previous job

Across the pond in Ireland, a food critic and her newspaper were recently sued ... because he gave a restaurant a negative review!! Thankfully, a judge overturned the ruling:

Restaurant critics, and newspaper proprietors, were celebrating yesterday after a judge upheld their rights to publish unflattering reviews of bad food and lousy service.

Sir Brian Kerr, the Northern Ireland Lord Chief Justice, overturned the award of 25,000 to Goodfellas pizza restaurant in West Belfast against The Irish News.

Ciarnan Convery, the pizzeria owner, sued the newspaper for libel over a highly critical review of his restaurant in August 2000.

What is it with Europeans and the concept of free speech? Are people like Sir Brian Kerr becoming less and less common?

Posted by Hube at March 16, 2008 09:23 AM | TrackBack

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Irish bars and restaurants sell food as well as beer and whiskey?! Heh.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 16, 2008 10:40 AM

And Happy St. Patrick's Day to the bloggers and readers of the Colossus!

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 16, 2008 10:41 AM

Thanks much, AJ! Right back atcha!

Posted by: Hube at March 16, 2008 10:44 AM

Bad pizza in Ireland? The devil you say, boy-o!

Seriously, that was a stupid ruling - if restaurant critics are only allowed to write rainbows and sunshine about the eateries they review, they would be doing the public a disservice. Good for the judge for overruling that. I'll lift a beer in his honor tomorrow!

Posted by: Bronwen at March 16, 2008 12:08 PM