Media lawyers in Africa might operate in an environment of learning, but legal progress is lagging way behind movements in commerce and technology. Mark Rosin argues the law cannot be a donkey amongst thoroughbreds.
Everybody thinks that success in the case will make them rich, compensating for their reputation and dignity being in tatters after the publication of a defamatory or injurious story. Suing for defamation however, might end up costing the plaintiff a whole lot more than its worth. Mark Rosin looks at one of the highest awards ever for damages, and it doesn't come to all that much.