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Defamation, Libel and Slander Explained

Defamation may be defined as the publication of a statement which tends to lower a person in the estimation of his peers. A defamatory statement or representation in permanent form is a libel, but if spoken by words or gestures, a slander.

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  • “…several years ago my daughter stole items of jewellery and money from her friends at work and their houses…she was suffering a mental breakdown… she was caught, charged and found guilty of theft…she was ordered to make good all the losses she had caused with compensation and ordered to attend a rehabilitation program…she is a different person now with a new job…one of her former friends has discovered were she works and has been putting up posters in the area with my daughters picture and the word THIEF…I know what my daughter did was wrong …we have been told there is little we can do about this because of my daughters conviction…can you advise…”

  • “… I work in a large office environment… one of my colleagues constantly sends inter-office emails portraying me as the butt of some joke… sometimes this takes the form of altered photographs with me in women’s clothing or some other derogatory pose…sometimes just a  “witty” comment…I always laugh it off because I do not want to be seen as having no sense of humour… my manager has told me I can go through a formal complaints procedure for defamation in the workplace…what is this…”


  • “…can you explain the doctrine of qualified privilege…as it equates to confidential senior management correspondence…”



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