Former diplomat and blogger Craig Murray has been accused of libel by polling company YouGov.
YouGov is unhappy with what it claims are defamatory allegations made by Murray about its leaders’ debate poll and its CEO, Stephan Shakespeare.
Murray has as yet not removed the posts in question and has also reproduced the letter his ISP reportedly received from YouGov’s lawyers, on his blog. We contacted YouGov’s lawyer, Dan Tench at Olswang LLP, this morning.
“We have written to Mr Murray stating that he has published serious false and defamatory allegations regarding Mr Shakespeare and YouGov and asked him to remove them,” YouGov told Journalism.co.uk, via its lawyer. “We still hope that he will do so.”
We asked why it was pursuing this action: “Mr Murray has made serious false and defamatory allegations regarding Mr Shakespeare and YouGov. He has not sought to substantiate these allegations at all. Mr Shakespeare and YouGov understandably want these allegations to be taken down.
“We will continue to press Mr Murray to remove these allegations. If this is unsuccessful, we may have no option but to approach the webhost once again and ask in light of Mr Murray’s wholly irresponsible actions, to take down the allegations. We hope very much that that will not be necessary.”
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