Reynolds Privilege and Reports of Police Investigations

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The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed Times Newspaper's appeal in Flood against the Court of Appeal decision rejecting its defence of Reynolds privilege to DS Flood's libel action. Though the Court's decision does not break new ground, it took greater account of the public interest in the story in balancing the claimant's reputation right and the defendant's right to freedom of expression. It clarifies some features of the Reynolds privilege defence, while raising questions concerning the relationship of reportage to the general defence and the relevance of the defendant's purpose in publishing the story.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2012

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