Even an inaccurate and careless newspaper article does not warrant damages for libel, says an Ontario judge. The ruling came in the case of a London, Ont. councilor who blamed his election defeat on a story that falsely accused him of conflict of interest.

“Despite the factual inaccuracies and carelessness with which the column was published, the column constituted political speech touching on the important issue of conflicts,” wrote Justice Martha Cook of Ontario Superior Court. The item was “an expression on a matter of public interest,” she wrote.

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