Defamation Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN GRAND COMMITTEE

Clause 4

LORD MCNALLY

 

Page 2, line 34, leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

“(b) the defendant reasonably believed that publishing the statement complained of was in the public interest.”

 

Page 2, line 36, leave out subsection (2)

 

Page 3, line 8, leave out subsections (3) and (4) and insert—

“( ) If the statement complained of was, or formed part of, an accurate and impartial account of a dispute to which the claimant was a party, the court must in determining whether it was reasonable for the defendant to believe that publishing the statement was in the public interest disregard any omission of the defendant to take steps to verify the truth of the imputation conveyed by it.”

 

Page 3, line 14, at end insert—

“( ) In determining whether it was reasonable for the defendant to believe that publishing the statement complained of was in the public interest, the court must make such allowance for editorial judgement as it considers appropriate.”

Clause 5

LORD MCNALLY

 

Page 4, line 8, leave out from “section” to “House” in line 9 and insert “may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each”

Prepared 11th December 2012