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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: An Analysis of the New Public Interest Defence to Defamation Claims

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dc.contributor.author Awmee, Devesh
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-02T01:04:40Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-12T02:33:52Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-02T01:04:40Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:33:52Z
dc.date.copyright 2018
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20999
dc.description.abstract The New Zealand Court of Appeal recently gave judgment in Durie v Gardiner recognising a discrete public interest defence to defamation claims. The defence is a welcome addition to New Zealand’s defamation laws. This paper analyses the public interest defence. In particular, it evaluates whether the defence achieves the right balance between the rights of freedom of expression and protection of reputation, whether the defence would extend to criminal accusations, and why the Court of Appeal was correct in recognising it as a discrete one. It also explores how the defence could be applied to non-media defendants, such as social media users and bloggers. The recognition of reportage in New Zealand as a subset of the public interest defence and its difficulties is also discussed. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Defamation en_NZ
dc.subject Public interest en_NZ
dc.subject Responsibility en_NZ
dc.subject Responsible communication en_NZ
dc.subject Reportage en_NZ
dc.subject Qualified privilege en_NZ
dc.subject Media en_NZ
dc.subject Chilling effect en_NZ
dc.title With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: An Analysis of the New Public Interest Defence to Defamation Claims en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Law School en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Faculty of Law / Te Kauhanganui Tātai Ture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180102 Access to Justice en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180114 Human Rights Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180119 Law and Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.name LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.school School of Law en_NZ

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