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From: "Phil Allison"
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Subject: Re: What's going on in Australia?
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Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 11:47:30 +1100
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"John Woodgate" wrote in message
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Bill Sloman
> wrote (in ) about 'What's going on in
> Australia?', on Wed, 25 Dec 2002:
> >Not under the U.K.legal system it isn't. There is a legal maxim "the
> >the truth, the greater the libel"
> I think that applies only in VERY special circumstances. Normally, it's
> a valid defence that the published statements are true.
** That published statements of a defamatory nature are factual is not
sufficient to show the publication was *truthful* - the latter is the legal
requirement for a defence against a tort of defamation.
What if someone published that Mr X was charged by the police with
serious criminal offences a few years ago but *failed* to mention that he
was later acquitted of all charges ?
To be truthful requires the *whole truth* ie a balanced view of past
events and not just isolated facts that have the effect of defaming someone.
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