Problem

Libel

Other Names:
Risk of libelling
Nature:

Defamation of character in the written word - libel - whether intentional or unintentional, is an actionable offence. However, in the case of unintentional libel, the publisher and the author may offer a suitable apology and correction which will usually be upheld by the law against prosecution. Libel may be a criminal as well as a civil offence and those convicted of it may have to pay fines and damages or serve a prison sentence. Under the law of certain countries (such as Scotland) no distinction is made between libel and slander, which is not usually a criminal offence.

Aggravates:
Sedition
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
16.06.2019 – 21:00 CEST