McQuire v Western Morning News Co Ltd: CA 1903

The paper had carried an article with a swingeing condemnation of a musical. It defended the defamation action claiming fair comment.
Held: Collins MR said that there was no evidence of actual malice, no personal imputations and no allegations of fact. In these circumstances, if comment was to be ‘fair’ it had to be relevant and not such as to disclose in itself actual malice.


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CitedSpiller and Another v Joseph and Others SC 1-Dec-2010
The defendants had published remarks on its website about the reliability of the claimant. When sued in defamation, they pleaded fair comment, but that was rejected by the Court of Appeal.
Held: The defendants’ appeal succeeded, and the fair . .
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Updated: 02 May 2022; Ref: scu.427734