Monday, July 22, 2024
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What is Defamation?

Defamation is a serious matter that can affect anyone, whether you’re a public figure or an average individual. It’s crucial to understand what defamation is and how it can impact your reputation. Let’s dive in and learn what is defamation.

What is Defamation?

Defaming someone else’s reputation by spreading incorrect information is known as defamation, causing harm for which legal remedies are provided. We need to inform a third party of these false assertions, which we may express verbally or in writing.

Types of Defamation

In our National Penal Code Act of 2074, we consider defaming others a crime. The law divides defamation into two types.

Slander: Slander involves making defamatory statements orally, such as in speeches, conversations, or broadcasts.

Legal Provision Against Slander

a) It’s not allowed for anyone to say harmful things about another person.

b) If someone uses disrespectful words, spoken or written, intending to damage someone else’s reputation, it’s considered slander.

c) Anyone found guilty of slander could face up to one year in prison or a fine of up to ten thousand rupees, or both.”

Libel: It occurs when individuals make defamatory statements in writing or through other permanent forms such as emails, social media posts, or printed publications.

Legal Provision Against Libel

a) Saying or writing things, or using signs or gestures, that damage someone’s character or reputation, or spreading such harmful statements to harm the person.

b) Making damaging statements about a deceased person that would harm their reputation if they were alive, and intending to hurt the feelings of their family or relatives.

Action Not Considered Defamation

 a) Publishing true information about a person along with evidence for the public good.

  b) Publishing in good faith information about the conduct of a public servant in their official capacity.

  c) Expressing in good faith opinions about the conduct of a public figure or the quality of their work.

  d) Passing a reasonable criticism on someone who holds authority.

  e) Conducting lawful investigations or making lawful accusations.

  f) Advising someone against another person’s actions for their own or others’ benefit.

In the End

Defamation is a serious problem that can have major repercussions for us. We may safeguard ourselves and other people from harm by being aware of what defamation is and taking action to stop it. Never forget to consider the consequences of your words, think before you speak, and only ever state the facts. By working together, we can cultivate a communication culture that values integrity, honesty, and respect.

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