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libel

[lī′bəl]
Etymology: L, libellus, little book
a false accusation written, printed, or typewritten, or presented in a picture or a sign that is made with malicious intent to defame the reputation of a person who is living or the memory of a person who is dead, resulting in public embarrassment, contempt, ridicule, or hatred.

libel

(lī′bĕl) [L. libellus, little book, pamphlet]
Defaming the character of another by means of the written word. To qualify legally as libel, written communication must intentionally impugn the reputation of another person and be both malicious and demonstrably false.

libel (lī´bəl),

n 1. that which is written and published in order to injure the character of another by ridicule or contempt.
2. a defamation expressed by print, writing, pictures, or signs.
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All will try to protect the true identity of their bloggers and that's why people feel so safe in making libellous and abusive comments.
Comments that are seen as lighthearted can be extremely offensive and in many cases libellous.
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What the council has asked for is that the owner of this website doesn't allow libellous statements in the same way as the editor of the Gazette would not allow libellous statement in his paper.
But it has been littered with potentially libellous comments and insults of teachers and former pupils, according to unions.
Company chief executive Yvonne Thomas said recent high-profile cases had shown that many e-mails sent from UK businesses are libellous and put both the company and employee at huge risk.
The allegation has been denied by Tsang's press secretary, who refused to comment on whether Tsang would take legal action against any possible libellous content, reported the South China Morning Post.
SMG says that by leaving the issue vague, employers are putting themselves at risk of accusations of bullying or invasion of privacy from staff and are allowing staff to waste time or send potentially libellous or unsuitable material from their desk tops.
The e:)scan service, which is designed to protect systems from viruses, spamming, offensive and libellous materials and large file attachments, is undertaken remotely via MessageNet's data centres in Reading and Docklands in the UK.
Civic chiefs are furious over what they call libellous allegations made by a blogger called Mr Monkey.
Sadly I have been victimised, abused and had libellous and slanderous things thrown at me,'' said Doyle.