Defamation is a wrong committed by an individual or an entity when a statement is made by them which is false; cannot be substantiated. Such statements become defamatory when an individual’s reputation is damaged as a result of that statement being made. A statement is defamatory if:
Defamation can be classified into two categories:
If you have been defamed through libel and/or continuing slander, it is advisable to engage a defamation lawyer to write to the individual or entity, demanding them to stop and/or withdraw and/or take down their defamatory statements.
If the individual or entity persists in making the defamatory statements against you, you could sue them in Court and seek the following reliefs, amongst others:
There are 3 main defences that may be available in defamation claims. These are:
The person who has made the statement to show that the statement made is substantially true.
The person who has made the statement to show that the statement is an expression of opinion on a matter of public interest and is based on true facts.
The person who has made the statement shows that the statement is privileged; made in parliamentary proceedings, court proceedings or in circumstances for the benefit of the public.
Our Defamation Lawyers will guide you through the following aspects of your claim:
If you have been defamed, please speak with our defamation lawyers to understand your rights and the legal options available to you.
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