Defamation Act serves to safeguard public interest

Since the 2009 Defamation Act became law last month, newspapers and other media defendants have been able to avail of a statutory defence to be known as the defence of fair and reasonable publication.

20th February, 2010

Since the 2009 Defamation Act became law last month, newspapers and other media defendants have been able to avail of a statutory defence to be known as the defence of fair and reasonable publication.

This defence arises where a statement was published in good faith during discussion of a subject of public interest, with the discussion being for the public benefit.

The genesis for this new statutory defence arose in an English House of Lords decision...

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