Qualified privilege in defamation and the evolution of the doctrine of reportage

Gale, S. E. (2015). Qualified privilege in defamation and the evolution of the doctrine of reportage. The Tort Law Review, 23(1), pp. 16-31.

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Abstract

This article looks at the evolution of the doctrine of reportage, which has emerged as a sub-species of Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd [2001] 2 AC 127 qualified privilege as a defence to defamation in English law. It argues that the relationship between these two types of qualified privilege is an uneasy one because although they have some features in common, the emphasis in reportage on the neutral reporting of disputes is quite distinct from Reynolds. The Defamation Act 2013 (UK) does codify the defence to some extent but ignores this complex relationship. There is, however, scope for a limited form of the reportage in situations where the Reynolds defence would not be available.

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Additional Information: This article was first published by Thomson Reuters in the The Tort Law Review and should be cited as Gale, SE Qualified privilege in defamation and the evolution of the doctrine of reportage. 2015, 23, The Tort Law Review, p16. For all subscription inquiries please phone, from Australia: 1300 304 195, from Overseas: +61 2 8587 7980 or online at www.thomsonreuters.com.au/catalogue. The official PDF version of this article can also be purchased separately from Thomson Reuters. This publication is copyright. Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act (Australia) 1968, no part of it may in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, microcopying, photocopying, recording or otherwise) be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior written permission. Enquiries should be addressed to Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited. PO Box 3502, Rozelle NSW 2039. www.thomsonreuters.com.au
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: The City Law School > The City Law School - Academic Programmes
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12424

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