Truth and responsibility : paper for Perth PEN Conference, Feb-Mar 1991

McLaren, John (1991) Truth and responsibility : paper for Perth PEN Conference, Feb-Mar 1991. In: PEN Conference, Feb.- Mar. 1991, Perth, Australia. (Unpublished)


In this paper John McLaren discusses defamation and the traditional defences against charges of defamation based on premises that the offensive statement is true and that it is in the public interest to make it known. He claims that both these defences are inappropriate. In the first place, the defence of truth is not available to writers of fiction who are unfortunate enough to write of character who can be identified. But more importantly, truth itself is a slippery concept, and it certainly cannot be identified with factual accuracy.

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Original paper is of poor quality.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Current > Collections > McLaren Papers
Keywords law of defamation, literature, writers, fiction, verbal assaults, MCLAREN-BOXB1-DOC22
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