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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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Unlike defamation, injurious falsehood places the onus of proof on the plaintiff to prove falsity, as well as malice and an actual loss.
172) The Supreme Court has stated that paragraph 7(a) is equivalent to the tort of injurious falsehood except that no improper purpose need be proven.
However, 12 of the employees dismissed over the incident have now filed a lawsuit which seeks damages for defamation, injurious falsehoods and malice occasioned them by the airline and two of its managers, according to The East African Standard.
The aforementioned action, which seeks, among other things, injunctive relief and punitive damages, alleges, among other things, defamation and the publication of injurious falsehoods regarding the Company and/or its officers, directors and products.