11 Defendant not required to prove truth of every statement of fact

In proceedings for defamation in respect of matter that consists partly of statements of fact and partly of statements of opinion, a defence of honest opinion shall not fail merely because the defendant does not prove the truth of every statement of fact if the opinion is shown to be genuine opinion having regard to—

(a)

those facts (being facts that are alleged or referred to in the publication containing the matter that is the subject of the proceedings) that are proved to be true, or not materially different from the truth; or

(b)

any other facts that were generally known at the time of the publication and are proved to be true.

Compare: 1954 No 46 s 8