McPherson v Daniels: 1829

Bayley J said: Upon the great point, viz. whether it is a good defence to an action for slander for a defendant to show he heard it from another, and at that time named the author, I am of the opinion that it is not’ and ‘the law will not permit a man to recover damages in respect of an injury to a character which he does not or ought not to possess.’ Truth is a complete defence.


Bayley, Littledale, Parke JJ


(1829) 10 B and C 263


England and Wales

Cited by:

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Fair Coment on Political Activities
The defendant newspaper had published articles wrongly accusing the claimant, the former Prime Minister of Ireland of duplicity. The paper now appealed, saying that it should have had available to it a defence of qualified privilege because of the . .
CitedWatkin v Hall 1868
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Held: It was no defence to say that it was true . .
CitedLewis v Daily Telegraph Ltd HL 1964
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CitedStern v Piper and Others CA 21-May-1996
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Held: A defamation was not to be . .
CitedCuristan v Times Newspapers Ltd CA 30-Apr-2008
The court considered the availability of qualified privilege for reporting of statements made in parliament and the actionable meaning of the article, which comprised in part those statements and in part other factual material representing the . .
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Updated: 24 November 2022; Ref: scu.194502