Lord McAlpine row: George Monbiot reaches 'unprecedented' settlement | Media | guardian.co.uk
In a statement Monbiot said:The Guardian columnist George Monbiot has reached what he called an "unprecedented" libel settlement with Lord McAlpine, pledging to carry out three years of charity work as recompense for Twitter messages that wrongly linked the former Conservative chairman with an allegation of child sex abuse.
Monbiot repeated that he was "extremely sorry" for the erroneous tweets sent in November last year and said he would carry out work amounting to £25,000 on behalf of three charities.
Good to see. I'm all for pursuing websites/papers for financial damages, but in cases like this, where the libel is due to idiocy as opposed to maliciousness or profit making, a full apology with appropriate public service seems a good way to make repairs."I accepted the suggestion immediately and without reservation. I feel the proposed settlement reflects very well on Lord McAlpine, who is seeking nothing for himself, but wants to see work done which could be of great benefit to others.
"I am currently working on finding three charities to whom I can be useful and with whom I can build a good relationship, with a particular emphasis on groups helping dispossessed or abused or destitute children, groups helping children to reconnect with nature and groups seeking the restoration of damaged ecosystems. I am also investigating creative and interesting ways of generating value or raising money for them.
"I have been prompted by Lord McAlpine's admirable proposal to do the right thing – something I should have been doing all along – and I hope very much that I am able to do it well."
McAlpine has his good name back, a public and full apology, the culprit learns his lesson and 3 charities will benefit. Good stuff all around.