Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted May 2nd, 2008 in defamation, law reports, parliament, privilege by sally

Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 432; [2008] WLR (D) 135

The qualified privilege which attached to a ‘fair and accurate’ report of parliamentary proceedings was not necessarily lost because of the addition of extraneous non-privileged material in the same article. Where an article consisted in part only of passages entitled to such privilege, the meaning of the non-privileged passages was to be ascertained on the basis that the privileged passages merely provided the context in which the other statements were made, and the repetition rule, under which for the purpose of libel law a hearsay statement was the same as a direct statement, had no application to the privileged passages.”

WLR Daily, 1st May 2008


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