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At paragraph 83, page 00725: enhanced defences in libel and privacy proceedings.

In libel proceedings there would be a new defence of regulated publication. A participant who was sued for libel, who published a prompt suitable correction and sufficient apology, and paid compensation, and gave other redress as ordered by the MSA, would have a complete defence, unless the material was published maliciously.

So that would presuppose that everybody has gone through the arbitration dispute resolution system, compensation has been ordered as appropriate, everybody has complied with it. That would work as a complete defence. How would that stand against the Reynolds defence and anything in the current version of the Defamation Bill?

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