Defamation and retaliation
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I defer to Bert Samuels on points of law, since I don’t have that competence, but it is worth noting that Gatley, widely recognised as the most authoritative reference source on libel and slander in common-law jurisdictions, states ”a person whose character or conduct has been attacked is entitled to answer such attack and any defamatory statement he may make about the person who attacked him will be privileged, provided they are published bona fide and are fairly relevant to the accusation made”.
It says further that “the defendant is not required to be diffident in protecting himself and is allowed a considerable degree of latitude in this respect and the law does not concern itself with niceties in such matters”.
Former Prime Minister