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Reputation is poorly protected by the law of defamation. Too often, untrue statements which damage reputation are made, yet a Claimant is left without recourse. In particular, defences function to prevent the vindication of a Claimant’s reputation despite a finding that a statement is untrue' Discuss.

‘Reputation is poorly protected by the law of defamation. Too often, untrue statements which damage reputation
are made, yet a Claimant is left without recourse. In particular, defences function to prevent the vindication of a
Claimant’s reputation despite a finding that a statement is untrue’ Discuss.
Supplementary Reading
Books
Gatley on Libel and Slander is available on Westlaw Books. It is the leading practitioner text and you may find it useful to read if you want more detail on the law in any area.
Articles
David J. Acheson, ‘The Defamation Act 2013: what exactly is “a body that trades for profit”?’ (2015) 20(4) Communications Law 113
David J. Acheson, ‘Empirical insights into corporate defamation: an analysis of cases decided 2004–2013’ (2016) 8(1) Journal of Media Law 32
Ali G.R. Auda, ‘A proposed solution to the problem of libel tourism’ (2016) 12(1) Journal of Private International Law 106
Eric Barendt, ‘What is the point of libel law’ (1999) 52 Current Legal Problems 110
Eric Barendt, ‘Science Commentary and the Defence of Fair Comment to Libel Proceedings’ (2010) 2(1) Journal of Media Law 43
Eric Barendt, ‘Balancing freedom of expression and the right to reputation: reflections on Reynolds and reportage’ (2012) 63(1) NILQ 59
Eric Barendt, ‘An overlap of defamation and privacy’ (2015) 7(1) Journal of Media Law 85 (Available on LexisLibrary)
Thomas D.C. Bennett, ‘Why so serious? Lachaux and the threshold of “serious harm” in section 1 Defamation Act 2013’ (2018) 10(1) Journal of Media Law 1
Jason Boseland, ‘Republication of defamation under the doctrine of reportage – the evolution of common law qualified privilege in England and Wales’ (2011) 31(1) OJLS 89
Jason Bosland, Andrew T. Kenyon and Sophie Walker, ‘Protecting inferences of fact in defamation law: fair comment and honest opinion’ (2015) 74(2) CLJ 234
Godwin Busuttil and Patrick McCafferty, ‘Interim Injunctions and the Overlap between Privacy and Libel’ (2010) 2(1) Journal of Media Law 1
Gary K. Y. Chan, ‘Corporate Defamation: reputation, rights and remedies’ (2013) 33(2) Legal Studies 264
Eric Descheemaeker, ‘Protecting Reputation: defamation and negligence’ (2009) 29(4) OJLS 603
Erik Descheemaeker, ‘Three Errors in the Defamation Act 2013’ (2015) 6(1) Journal of European Tort Law 24
Mr Justice Eady, Speech on the launch of the new Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism, City University (11th March 2010)
David Erdos, ‘Data protection and the right to reputation: filling the “gaps” after the Defamation Act 2013’ (2014) 73(3) Cambridge Law Journal 536
Mathilde Groppo, ‘Serious harm: A case law retrospective and early assessment’ (2016) 8(1) Journal of Media Law 1 (available on Lexis)
Trevor C. Hartley, ‘Libel Tourism – a solution in sight?’ (2012) 63(1) NILQ 85
Steve Hedley, ‘The Internet – Making a Difference’ (2012) 63(1) NILQ 75
David Hooper, Kim Waite and Oliver Murphy, ‘Defamation Act 2013 – What difference will it really make?’ (2013) 24(6) Entertainment Law Review 199
David Howarth, ‘Libel: Its Purpose and Reform’ (2011) 74 MLR 845
Peter B. Kutner, ‘Suspicion, Investigation and Truth: A Continuing Evolution in English Defamation Law’ (2011) 3(1) Journal of Media Law 61
Andrew T. Kenyon, ‘What conversation? Free speech and defamation law’ (2010) 73(5) Modern Law Review 697
Andrew T. Kenyon, ‘Protecting speech in defamation law: beyond Reynolds-style defences’ (2014) 6 Journal of Media Law 21 (available on LexisLibrary)
Ian Loveland, ‘Defamation of “Government”: taking lessons from America?’ (1994) 14(2) Legal Studies 206

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