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    How do I defend myself against a claim of defamation?
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    Making a claim for defamation can be relatively easy. However, there are a number of defences that can protect people accused of defamation:

    1. Truth

    2. Absolute privilege

    3. Qualified privilege

    4. Fair comment

    5. Responsible communication on matters of public interest.

    If you can rely on one of these defences, you will be able to protect yourself against a claim of defamation.

    The most common defences are those of “truth” and “fair comment.” If a comment is true, then it will be protected from claims of defamation. If a comment is an honest opinion that is not malicious and that is based on facts, then it may qualify for the defence of “fair comment.”

    The defence of qualified privilege may also be of some use. This defence applies when information was conveyed to a third-party in a non-malicious way for honest and well-motivated reasons, provided that this information was given only to the people who needed it. For instance, an  employer giving information about a former employee to a prospective employer would be protected under this privilege, so long as the statements are made without malice and in good faith.

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