What is a privileged statement?

[Law of Torts] A privileged statement is an exception to general rule. A statement is privileged if it is a fair comment or a matter which is of public interest or is submitted to public criticism. There are occasions on which freedom of expression of views, without fear of an action for defamation, is considered more important than the protection of the reputation of a person more important than the protection of the reputation of a person more important than the protection of the reputation of a person or persons. Thus no action lies for a defamatory statement or persons. Thus no action lies for a defamatory statement made at a privileged occasion. For example, no action for defamation lies against a member of parliament for saying anything during the proceedings of the parliament.

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