Libel

 

We frequently hear of people being accused of making defamatory statements about others in the press, through broadcast or online. All these forms of defamation are known as libel; a different form of defamation to slander or malicious falsehood.

The difference lies in the medium of how the comment or statement is communicated. So, even though slander means a defamatory comment made verbally, this comment then becomes libel when it is made permanent by, for example, being recorded for a television programme.

What constitutes libel is judged carefully and each case has, in the past, been assessed on its own merits. Nonetheless, the general requirement for bringing a libel action is that a false statement has been made in a permanent form that expressly or through implication lowers the public opinion of a person, organisation or company. This is, actually, quite wide in scope and can include photographs and recordings as well as published text. Insinuation and innuendo can also be taken as a libelous comment.

With the use of social networking sites and blogs, claims for libel are increasingly common and now we read about defamation frequently in the press. A specialist libel lawyer will not only help the victims of libel or the accused, but can also advise frequent writers of how to avoid falling foul of libel laws.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on libel then Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist libel solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local libel solicitors please call us at
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