Defamation: What Is Defamation
According to Google search engine, a defamation is the action of damaging the good reputation of someone. Defamation is also any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person's reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence.
Yes, it is a false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another.
To defame is to damage the reputation of a person or group by saying or writing bad things about them that are untrue. One example of defamation is making derogatory statements about a person's work or profession. That is an example of defamation of character. Similarly, a false claim that a person is HIV positive is defamatory and may damage that person marriage or relationship. Another example would be to call law enforcement agencies and falsely accused another for being a terrorist or pervert.
If you have been defamed, it is your right to sue the perpetrators. You will prove in a court of law that was the case with solid elements of defamation. A good lawyer will be assist you in compiling those elements. The defendants if found guilty will assume their responsibilities and pay compensations that are overdue.
There are critical questions one must answer before suing.
1/ Did the perpetrator knew or aware that the statement is false?
2/ Did he or she publish the derogatory statement or tell another?
3/ Have you been named in that statement or is the defamation clearly pointing to you?
4/ Have you directly or indirectly suffered from those malicious defamatory statements?
There are two types of defamation: libel and slander.
Libel is a written defamatory statement that often occurs when a news publisher
writes and divulges false claims about an innocent person. That is also the case when
one writes defamatory comments on blogs, forums, Twitter, Facebook or websites.
On the other hand, a slander is an oral or spoken defamatory statement that the defendant
tells others about another. For example, one falsely tells another that John is burglar or Mrs Jones had an affair with her boss.
At this juncture, one should have a clear understanding of defamation, different types of defamation and the consequences of spreading false claims about another's reputation or integrity.
What Should Do To Rectify Those Defamations Before It Is Too Late?
The best thing to do is to quickly remove or retract the defamatory statements
and genuinely apologise to the victims. Remember that the victims may still disregard
the apologies and sue the perpetrators. In some cases that could resolve the issue without further legal actions. Sometimes, one may also have to pay an out of court compensation before the matter can be put to rest.
It is important to understand that defamation in any form or shape is illegal whether it is
against a person, group, community, race or company. One should always guard oneself
from falling on the wrong side of the law at all times.
Whatever you do, stay away from defamatory statements and respect the integrity of others. Remember that the golden rule is to treat others as one wants others to treat oneself. Now, the biggest question is how would you feel if you have been defamed?