• Journalists shouldn't rely on new defamation defence
  • June 20, 2008 | Authors: Andrew E. Bernstein; Afshan Ali
  • Law Firm: Torys LLP - Toronto Office
  • Defamation law, with its absolute liability, reverse onuses and presumed damages, has historically proven stubbornly resistant to change. However, at the end of 2007, the Ontario Court of Appeal released a decision that changed the landscape of defamation law for media in Ontario by recognizing a "public interest responsible journalism" defence.