While a former war correspondent achieved vindication in his defamation suit against one of Canada’s biggest media companies, it came at a great expense, Toronto lawyer and mediator Howard Winkler tells The Lawyer’s Daily.
The legal publication reports the Alberta Court of Appeal increased the costs awarded to journalist Arthur Kent in his successful defamation case against Postmedia, “saying the trial judge erred when she said allegations of intentional concealment of documents were unproven.”
Kent, who gained notoriety in 1991 as the ‘Scud Stud’ while reporting on the first Persian Gulf War, ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the Alberta legislature in 2008.
During his bid for office, a reporter wrote a critical article about Kent. At trial, Justice Jo’Ann Strekaf noted, “the overall tenor of the article is that Arthur Kent is a politically naïve arrogant has-been journalist with a huge ego whose election campaign is in disarray and who is doomed to become an ineffective MLA if elected.”
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