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Jameel v Wall Street Journal Europe SPRL

[2006] 4 All ER 1279

Case summary last updated at 17/01/2020 19:58 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Jameel v Wall Street Journal Europe SPRL

Ps company were defamed in a wider article by D’s newspaper about companies under investigation for links to terrorism. HL said that the newspaper would be acquitted of defamation because (1) the article was on a matter of public importance and (2) “responsible journalism” requirements were fulfilled (e.g. verification of sources etc). These are the 2 essential ingredients that allowed a qualified privilege (i.e. where only malice can overturn the privilege) and can, as here, protect an article from defamation claims. 

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