Mr Nadhim Zahawi v (1) Press TV (2) Press TV Limited [2017] EWHC 1010 (QB), Master McCloud, 4 May 2017

C was the Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon. The Ds had published on their website an article headed “Report: Tory MP behind ISIL oil Trade” that alleged that C had traded oil from ISIL to Israel, so funding and profiting from trade with a terrorist organisation. The article was widely republished online and on social media.
The Ds did not defend the claim. This judgment was an assessment of damages and request for an injunction.
Accepting that the false allegations had caused serious damage to C’s reputation and that he had suffered genuine and serious distress, the Master examined the legal principles to be applied to the assessment of libel damages where default judgment has been entered, with particular reference to Sloutsker v Romanova [2015] EMLR 27 637, and the precedents of several prior cases. The Master concluded that £200,000 was the appropriate sum to be awarded. She also considered an injunction justified.