Honest opinion

Under section 3 of the defamation act 2013 this is now a defence to an action for defamation.

The Defamation Act and the new defence of honest opinion broadly reflects the former law although simplifying and clarifying certain elements. To this end, Section 3 of the Defamation Act now lays down conditions which must be met for the defence to apply. However the former requirement for the opinion to be on a matter of public interest is now no longer required for the defence of honest opinion but a separate defence of publication on a matter of public interest is now contained in Section 4 of the 2013 Act.


The defence of honest opinion is intended to follow the former common law principles which operated under the old defence of fair comment as established by the case of Reynolds v. Times Newspapers Limited and Others


Fair comment is dead. Long live honest comment | Gill ... - The Guardian


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