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defamation

[def′əmā′shən]
Etymology: L, diffamare, to discredit
any communication, written or spoken, that is untrue and that injures the good name or reputation of another or that in any way brings that person into disrepute.

defamation

(dĕf″ă-mā′shŭn)
In law, an act of communication that is a quasi-intentional tort (civil wrong) that occurs when one person communicates false information to another person that injures or harms a third person who, as a result, is shamed, held in contempt, ridiculed, loses status or reputation in the community, or experiences loss of employment or of earnings. Oral defamation is slander. Written defamation is libel.

defamation (def´əmā´shən),

n the act of detracting from the reputation of another. The offense of injuring a person's reputation by false and malicious statements.
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However, if the hyperlink was found to have republished the article, then the conduct occurred post-petition and the defamation action could stand.
BEIRUT: Energy Minister Gebran Bassil announced Monday that his lawyers would sue several media outlets and journalists for defamation, the Central News Agency reported.
He contends that while the legal definition of defamation has received some attention in the form of theoretical analysis, little has been done to quantitatively research what happens when those participants in the legal system decide if a defamation has been published.
The Bill, promised in the Queen's Speech on Tuesday, follows a long campaign for reform by critics of the current defamation laws, who have argued that they are weighted too heavily in favour of claimants and have a chilling effect on freedom of speech.
After briefly considering the history of defamation of religion at the UN and the strategies employed by its principal proponent, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC"), this Article turns to an assessment of the UN Human Rights Council's 2011 consensus Resolution 16/18.
The former trainer is suing for defamation over a passage in the book-an account of a year in the training centre-which was published last year and has sold more than 6,000 copies in hardback.
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While Abraham Lincoln may have said, "Truth is generally the best vindication against slander," many also gain some satisfaction by filing a defamation suit.
The judges made the remark during a discussion in the court on whether exposing a public figure's live- in relationship would amount to defamation.
Mumbai: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi appeared in a court in Bhiwandi, Thane district, Maharashtra on Friday in a defamation case filed against him.
ISLAMABAD -- A district and session judge on Thursday adjourned the hearing of defamation case filed by former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary against Pakistan TehreekeInsaf Chairman Imran Khan till February 14.
He has also filed a defamation case in the same Court against me.