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UK Judge Blasts University Officials Who Filed Libel Suit Against PT Lecturer

by Andrew Hough

Salford University, in Manchester, England, charges students up to £9,000 ($13,950) a year in tuition fees and axed 60 posts last year. University officials were accused by a judge of abusing the High Court’s processes in actions against part-time lecturer Dr. Gary Duke. Senior officials authorized legal action against the former part-timer over a website which compared university managers to Hizbollah and a “bureaucratic dictatorship.”

photoYesterday, it emerged Salford University had lost its three-year fight against Dr. Duke (pictured left), from Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester, after a High Court judge rejected its claim it had been libelled.

The university defended the case, which is thought to have cost at least £100,000 ($155,000) and included American court action to force internet company WordPress to disclose details of its users.

The comments appeared on an internet blog, which invited anonymous contributions and encouraged readers to air complaints about the operations at the university.

The blog stated that Hizbollah, the militant group, was more “accountable and transparent” than “the current ruling regime at Salford.” It also described vice-chancellor Professor Martin Hall as a “vehement human rights activist and social justice believer” and his deputy Dr. Adrian Graves as “secretive.”

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