Interesting guide here.
The best defence against libel is obviously never to state something as fact but always as opinion.
\”It is my opinion that Ed Millipede rogers pre-pubescent children nightly\” is not defamatory: well, not to Ed Millipede although it might well bring my own sanity into question.
Other than that, read the guide.
I have in fact been accused of libel on the earlier version of this here blog. Some music manager over in the US had been accused of rogering his boy band nightly (by the members of that boy band).
Not privileged (it wasn\’t, for example, an accusation made in court proceedings or a legislature, in which case you can report it) and so, yes, potentially a libelous statement.
However, given that said manager was clearly trying to cover his tracks (well, unless US lawyers are even more illiterate than I had thought, given the \”lawyer\’s letters\” he sent me) rather than actually instigate a libel case against me, I refused to take the offending article down.
Until the manager offered me money to do so.
Yup, bribery works around here. £400 to unpublish a blog post sounded very reasonable in fact. Especially since the original source I had lifted the story from was still online in all its glory.