| Commentary

224 Statutory qualified privilege

| Commentary

224 Statutory qualified privilege

Section 15 of the Defamation Act 1996 confers a statutory qualified privilege on a wide range of reports, copies and extracts of proceedings in public, not only of a judicial, parliamentary, official or semi-official nature anywhere in the world, but also general public meetings in any member state and general meetings of UK companies. The reports, extracts and copies must be fair and accurate and, as with absolute privilege, can be summaries and need not be verbatim. The previous law restricted this statutory privilege to publication in newspapers or broadcasts but there is no such

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