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Cook v Alexander

[1974] QB 279

Case summary last updated at 06/02/2020 10:58 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Cook v Alexander

Sketch writers cannot be sued for defamation either for reporting defamatory statements or for the contents of their sketches provided their reports are objectively “fair and balanced”. Sketch writers are entitled to elect what they believe to be the most salient aspects of the parliamentary debate. No malice in this case (NB plaintiff here was NOT MP/Lords but someone criticised in the debate by a lord 

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