Jameel and Another v Times Newspapers Limited: CA 21 Jul 2004

The defendant had published a newspaper article linking the claimant to terrorist activity. The defendants argued that no full accusation was made, but only that the claimant was under investigation for such behaviour, and that the article had qualified privilege.
Held: ‘The repetition rule, in essence, prevents a defendant from hiding behind the fact that he is only repeating what others have alleged. He can accordingly not justify the libel by proving that the allegations have been made, but only by proving that they are true. ‘ It is desirable for a claimant to plead expressly each of the meanings on which he proposes to rely. Claimant’s appeal allowed.


Kay, Lord Justice Kay Lord Justice Longmore Lord Justice Sedley


[2004] EWCA (Civ) 983, Times 26-Aug-2004, [2004] EMLR 31




England and Wales


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