Defamation: The Legal Challenge Facing Journalists

A guide to defamation law and how to avoid a costly court case

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  1. Defamation — the material has had a detrimental impact on their reputation.
  2. Serious Harm — the material has or will cause serious harm to their reputation or serious harm to their company such as financial loss.
  3. Identification — the claimant must prove that the material is about them. This could be by their name being mentioned or by description, known as jigsaw identification, where references and clues in the material lead the average person to identify the claimant or organisation.
  4. Publication — the statement must have been published by a person sued by a third party.
Headline by Bernard Lagan for The Times
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