- This refers to a special right in defamation law that can be overridden by demonstrating actual malice. It's often termed a conditional privilege
- The journalist argued that her comments in the newspaper were protected by a qualified privilege.
- In order to defeat the defendant's claim of qualified privilege, the plaintiff would need to show evidence of actual malice.
- Qualified privilege can protect an individual from defamation charges unless proof of actual malice is presented.