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Parliamentary privilege under the Defamation Act

Parliamentary privilege is the protection provided to Members of Parliament against the action for defamation under the Defamation Act 1996. This defence is not contained in the Defamation Act 1996, but rather is enshrined in common law. There is a […]


Famous cases relating to the Defamation Act

There have been a number of notable decisions under the Defamation Act 1996. The cases discussed below highlight criticisms of the Defamation Act 1996. One such case under the Defamation Act 1996 is Singh v British Chiropractors Association. Singh criticised […]


The Defamation Act and the Reynolds principle

The law recognises that there are circumstances where it is in the public interest to permit greater freedom of speech. Qualified privilege exists as a defence under the Defamation Act 1996 because the law accepts that there are occasions when […]


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