Libel and Slander
What is defamation?
Defamation is the communication of a false statement about a person that can damage or harm the reputation of an individual. To constitute defamation, the false claim must have been made to someone other than the person defamed. If the statement or statements are spoken, then defamation is termed “slander”. Gestures are also considered as a form of slander. When defamation is written in the form of words or represented in images, it is then referred to as “libel”.
In most countries, the law protects one’s reputation against defamation; however, the law does not protect from a personal remark or an insult that harms one’s pride. The law does not protect feelings and it cannot undo the psychological stress and pain which is often experienced by defamation.
What is libel?
Libel is documented statement in some sort of a permanent record including, website posting, an email, a newspaper, a letter, a picture, or a television or a radio broadcast.
What is slander?
Slander is the type of defamation that is not documented in permanent record as it is typically expressed with a spoken statement, a hand gesture or something similar, and usually more difficult to prove. Some examples of slander are accusations of a crime (unless the accusations are made to the police), adultery, makes negative comments or remarks about you in your trade or business.
Because information and rumours can travel in a matter of seconds on the internet, cyber-bullying and cyber defamation can take a significant toll on a victim. Stricter regulations should be enforced by authorities for the laws in most countries has failed to prevent the rapid and escalating increase in the number of cyber-bulled victims.
Care4 has been created to help raise awareness internationally for the cause against Bullying and associated issues.