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27. This approach would require primary legislation, and could perhaps be addressed by an amendment to Section 15 of, and Schedule 1 to the Defamation Act 1996, which deals with the circumstances in which qualified privilege may attach to reports or statements on issues which are of public concern and the publication of which is for the public benefit. This could designate the publication of a report or other statement on an online archive as a statement which is privileged, subject to explanation or contradiction, where the material in question was first published more than one year ago.

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