Update from Melanie Phillips: "The Toronto Star has agreed to pay my legal costs in full. The newspaper has also agreed to make a donation to a charity of my choice in lieu of damages."
"A column by Heather Mallick on July 28 contained a number of inaccurate statements about the well-known British journalist and author Melanie Phillips.
Ms. Phillips has expressed her horror at the slaughter at Utoya, Norway in a clear and unambiguous way, writing “there can be no excuse, justification or rationale whatsoever for the atrocity perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik.”
The column made reference to Ms. Phillips’ writings in an entirely misleading and inappropriate manner.
The defamatory article has been removed from our website.
The Star and Ms. Mallick regret the errors and apologize to Ms. Phillips."
This is the offending Mallick Column, me so bad...
This was Melanie Phillips response to Mallick's column
"Soon, others joined in the hate-fest — even across the Atlantic. In the Toronto Star, columnist Heather Mallick wrote that unlike ‘almost everyone else praised by the killer’, I had not said I was horrified by the atrocity in Norway. Not only that, but whereas everyone else had wept at the murder of schoolchildren, ‘she [Phillips] spits’.
But, on the contrary, I had written on my own website in terms far stronger than many other writers that there could never be any excuse for mass murder.
And the quote from my writing on which she based her ‘spitting’ claim was actually not about the atrocity at all, but about the people using those murders to foment just this kind of hatred."