As a former member of the news media, by knowingly speaking with a reporter for a newspaper and giving information in answer to questions, the newspaper did nothing wrong in publishing information taken from the interview. If the reporter had any experience at all they asked you at some point if they had your permission to speak to you, and that is all they need.
Unless anything was untruthful, the newspaper did nothing wrong. Also, (1) it would be a rare day that a newspaper would give up such a tape and (2) such recordings are regularly taped over or deleted. I chucked an interview I did with Jimmy Carter before the New Hampshire primary once.
Defamation requires proof that incorrect statements of fact, not opinion, were made to third parties and that it caused harm to you. Here is a link to a guide on defamation law to help you determine whether the law applies to your circumstances.
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