Public’s right to know and defamation — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

(Deputy President, HAKAM)

MINISTERS, officials and elected representatives routinely make comments. These are reported by the media and attract all kinds of comments, some adverse. As happened recently, when a lawmaker suggested a solution for rape of underage victims. Journalists and editors are often threatened with a lawsuit. This may discourage the paper from reporting; which ultimately thwarts the right of the public to know.

When can a newspaper report a speech or statement – which may be defamatory – and yet successfully fend off any threat of a lawsuit?

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