(1) A defence of fair comment at common law is sufficiently pleaded if it alleges that the matter complained of was a comment that
(a) was based on
(i) true fact; or
(ii) material that was published under privilege; and
(b) related to a matter of public interest; and
(c) was made honestly by the defendant.
(2) Without limiting rule 263C, the particulars required by rule 263A(1) for a defence of fair comment at common law, or a defence under section 14 of the Defamation Act 1957, must include
(a) particulars identifying the material on which it is alleged that the matter alleged to be a comment was a comment and identifying to what extent that material is alleged to be based on true fact or material that was published under privilege; and
(b) particulars of the facts, matters and circumstances on which the defendant relies to establish that
(i) the material alleged to be true fact was true fact; or
(ii) the material alleged to be published under privilege was published under privilege.