TAPDK v. Dagli

A tobacco control advocate made statements in the news that were critical of the national tobacco regulatory agency and its relationship with tobacco companies.  The government agency sued for defamation and libel. The court decided that the statements in the news article in question were made in concurrence with the rights to report news and to criticize and inform the public. They were in compliance with apparent reality, constituted current news, and could not be considered as personal tort. The court further maintained that the publication of the news article was for public good and for public interest. Based on the above, the court decided to dismiss the libel case of TAPDK.