Civil Defamation: Undermining Free Expression

20 01 2010

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Civil Defamation: Undermining Free Expression http://www.article19.org/pdfs/publications/civil-defamation.pdf”&gt;
Civil Defamation: Undermining Free Expression http://www.article19.org/pdfs/publications/civil-defamation.pdf
Source: Article 19.

Defamation law protects an individual’s reputation or feelings from unwarranted attacks. There is little dispute that defamation laws can serve a legitimate purpose and it is recognized internationally as a valid grounds for restricting freedom of expression. A good defamation law – one which lays the groundwork for striking a proper balance between the protection of individuals’ reputation and freedom of expression – aims to protect people against false statements of fact which cause damage to their reputation. Nearly all countries have some form of protection, although it can have different names such as libel, calumny, slander, insult, desacato, lese majeste and so on.

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