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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.
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It was in this case that a lady judge, Bamford-Addo, told us that in criminal libel cases, the truth was irrelevant.
In the Internet age, is it time for the legal pendulum to swing back toward the offense of criminal libel?
Yet the country's proposed new criminal code, which passed its second reading in parliament on April 9, not only retains criminal libel but increases penalties for the offense.
Garrison was convicted under Louisiana's criminal libel law.
They should thank their lucky stars that the common law offence of criminal libel - which could carry a jail sentence - was abolished in 2010.
According to the New York-based watchdog the Human Rights Watch, RA 10175 "drastically increases punishments for criminal libel and gives authorities excessive and unchecked powers to shut down websites and monitor online information."
However it also includes a blanket provision that puts the country s criminal libel law into force in cyberspace, except that the penalties for Internet defamation are much tougher compared with old media.
Simoes was found guilty of criminal libel on Thursday and her sentencing is due to take place on November 8.
(227) Although the primary means of redress under the Prevention of Defamation Act is a civil law suit, the act also contains criminal libel provisions.
Nobody should be surprised, after the revelations of a few weeks ago that deputies were using the parliamentary immunity granted to them by the constitution to protect them from criminal libel suits, which no longer exist, in order to get out of paying fines for traffic offences.
Critics say anachronistic laws such as criminal libel often use colorful but imprecise language that fails to meet modern constitutional tests.
He campaigned for Gladstone to lead the Liberals, championed Irish Home Rule, backed the Plimsoll line on ships and he successfully fought off a charge of criminal libel in 1905 after he had accused the licensing magistrates of being in the pockets of the breweries - a verdict that still rings today as a step in legal press freedom.