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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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The multiple findings by Australian courts that an imputation of homosexuality is defamatory (as discussed above) are each an authoritative determination that a person who thinks less of someone because they are homosexual is a 'right-thinking' member of the Australian community.
Despite the significant barriers to obtaining removal of online comments, companies need not heed Dante's familiar warning--"Abandon hope all ye who enter here"--when faced with negative and defamatory online reviews.
It is therefore imperative to see how online defamatory materials are dealt with in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia.
" We have 200 genuine pages and 4,500 spurious pages," explained an P worker, " wherein parties or people have written untrue content or have been defamatory towards others.
He echoed Ecakyr, listing the defamatory phrases being thrown at the Anatolian people who merely wish to serve their nation.
Kinney in turn sued Barnes after he wrote about the case on a legal news blog and an employment search website - both of which he owns - alleging that Barnes' statements were false and defamatory and asked the court to order them removed.
Not surprisingly, the so-called "no-injunction rule"--which essentially says that judges cannot prevent reputational harms that arise from defamatory falsehoods, and that they may order only money damages after the harms occur--has faced considerable criticism.
The plaintiff also claimed the defamatory speech was also produced in four articles among them had the heading 'Lokman accuses ministers of trying to amend Adib's post-mortem report' and 'Waytha Moorthy among ministers who attempted to request a change in the post-mortem report on Adib' in several news portals including Malaysiakini and Minda Rakyat dated January 4 and 5.
The complainant said in a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner alleged that 'sole motive of such derogatory and defamatory statement issued by accused Yasmin Kidwai is to gain limelight since she is defaming the Home Minister'.
The notice said Mr Yousafzai should retract his defamatory statement within 14 days and tender a public apology and the same should be published with the same prominence as his 'defamatory' statement.
Now comes the Internet and the advent of social media where, a single defamatory post can literally explode around the world reaching an audience of millions or even billions of people.
He said: "These [claims] are highly defamatory and false and Mr Robinson strongly refutes them."