Dingle v Associated Newspapers

16.7It was held in 1960 that to impugn the validity of a report of a select committee of the House of Commons is contrary to article IX of the Bill of Rights. In an action for libel raised against a newspaper,1 it was decided that those who published such a report bona fide and without malice were entitled to the protection of the Parliamentary Papers Act 1840 (see para 13.6 ) and that it was not relevant to the action for the plaintiff to comment on the select committee's report or on the proceedings leading to its publication.

Footnotes

  1. Dingle v Associated Newspapers Ltd [1960] 2 QB 405.