Word Of The Day: Dafamation
Abstract from: eff.org
Generally, defamation is a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone’s reputation, and published “with fault,” meaning as a result of negligence or malice. State laws often define defamation in specific ways. Libel is a written defamation; slander is a spoken defamation.
What is a statement of verifiable fact?
A statement of verifiable fact is a statement that conveys a provably false factual assertion, such as someone has committed murder or has cheated on his spouse.
Measures guarding against unfounded defamation claims over court reports are being considered by the State’s law reform body.
By Shane Phelan ·
Sourced from independent.ie
Under the Defamation Act 2009, professional journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists enjoy the immunity of absolute privilege provided their report of court proceedings is fair and accurate.
The move is being looked at as part of a wide-ranging examination of issues relating to defamation and the reporting of court proceedings.
Other issues being examined include whether legal protections that professional journalists have against defamation proceedings should also continue to be enjoyed by unregulated bloggers and so-called citizen journalists.