defamation

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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 also criticized the crime of defamatory libel for "redundancy and confusion, excessive detail, legal fictions, gaps, uncertainty, and inconsistency." The mens rea (intent) for the crime is unclear.
Keyserlingk, "The High Price of Defamatory Libel" The Record (19 April 2000) at p.