Mortier did not slander conductor, judge rules
January 31, 2014 by Norman Lebrecht
The libel action brought by Jesús López Cobos against the former Teatro Real director Gerard Mortier has been thrown out by a judge in Madrid lower court 48. López Cobos claimed that Mortier had defamed him in an Austrian interview by saying the conductor had been fired from his post as music director at the Real.
The judge ruled that a conductor, being in a public position, must accept adverse opinion and critical statements as part of his job.
Victory for free speech? First report (as so often) in el pais.
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