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The act of damaging an individual's reputation can be as a result of something said or written in a public forum such as social or written media.
The difference between libel and slander
Prior to the Defamation Act of 2009, a slander action would have been taken in respect of the spoken word. A libel action would have been taken in respect of the written word.
Since the Defamation Act of 2009, both forms of defamation are covered by a defamation action, as provided for under the 2009 Act. A defamatory statement is a statement that reasonable members of society would think damages your reputation, and this is what must be proven at a defamation trial, in order to succeed. A statement is not defamatory if it is true or substantially true.
Truth is a good defence in defamation proceedings.