Whistleblowing and the law of defamation: does the law strike a fair balance between the rights of whistleblowers, the media and alleged wrongdoers?

Lewis, David B. (2018) Whistleblowing and the law of defamation: does the law strike a fair balance between the rights of whistleblowers, the media and alleged wrongdoers? Industrial Law Journal, 47 (3). pp. 339-364. ISSN 0305-9332

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Abstract

The Public Interest Disclosure Act only gives rights to workers and makes no mention of any connection with existing defamation provisions. However, whistleblowers and the media may have cause to fear the use alleged wrongdoers could make of the Defamation Act 2013. Having considered the human rights context, this article examines in detail whether or not current legislation strikes a reasonable balance between the rights of whistleblowers, alleged wrongdoers and the media. The author concludes that it is in society’s interest that the balance should be tilted in favour of those who make and disseminate honest allegations even if they turn out to be unfounded. Since the media play an important role in pressing for investigations of concerns that are raised and publicising the fact that wrongdoing has occurred, they too should be protected unless malice can be established.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 21778
Notes on copyright: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Industrial Law Journal following peer review. The version of record, David Lewis; Whistleblowing and the Law of Defamation: Does the Law Strike a Fair Balance Between the Rights of Whistleblowers, the Media, and Alleged Wrongdoers?, Industrial Law Journal, Volume 47, Issue 3, 22 August 2018, Pages 339–364 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/ilj/article/47/3/339/4210465 and https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwx015
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Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 15:43
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 18:49
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21778

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