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The Aviation Herald under legal threat by Ryanair

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  • The Aviation Herald under legal threat by Ryanair

    By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Dec 6th 2012 12:01Z, last updated Friday, Dec 7th 2012 12:16Z

    The Aviation Herald has just received notice of immediate legal activity if a number of comments posted by our readers are not immediately removed from a coverage we released in the last few days.

    The airline's attorney states: "We have identified a number of comments posted under this article on your website which are defamatory and, as a result of their continued presence thereupon, (the airline's name) outstanding ... safety record has been damaged in the eyes of right-thinking members of society" and continues later "These comments (and others such as these) are deeply damaging to (the airline's name) good name and reputation for safety and may have damaging consequences for bookings. As you will be aware, you are responsible for the content on your website and are liable as a publisher for defamatory statements which you fail to remove after being put on notice. Therefore we hereby notify you that any failure to immediately remove these comments (and others such as these) will result in the immediate issue of legal proceedings for defamation against you ..."

    We have forwarded the letter and details concerning the demand by this airline to our legal advisor for advice and further proceedings.

    Update: Our legal advisor recommended to temporarily remove those comments until they had sufficient time to completely and carefully assess the whole scenario. We have complied with that recommendation.

    Update 2: The airline's legal advisor has threatened further legal proceedings regarding this very article stating their message was marked "strictly confidential and private" and further complaining I quoted their text only in part.

    About half a year ago I was still able to say that after 4 years of operation and around 12,000 stories posted The Aviation Herald had not been threatened with legal action despite some interventions that came close to legal threats. It is now the reader comments that produce the first direct legal threat against The Aviation Herald ever.

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    The Aviation Herald NO LONGER under legal threat by Ryanair

    Update 4 Dec 10th 2012: The Aviation Herald has just received notice by Ryanair's legal department that the matters on hand are no longer pursued.

    The Aviation Herald shall continue to cover aviation safety relevant occurrences independently and objectively standing exclusively on the side of aviation safety.

    We thank our readers for their overwhelming support. We have seen and shall take into account also those comments critical of The Aviation Herald and thank for the openness of those readers as well.