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Legally Speaking: A definition of defamation

Legally Speaking: A definition of defamation

Defamation is a wild beast. It’s hard to understand and even more difficult to explain how it works. It is the Khloe Kardashian of the legal world. Here is the black and white: for something to be defamatory a person must be able to prove that someone has published a matter, as defined in the […]

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French court rules ‘homophobe’ is an insult, defamation

French court rules ‘homophobe’ is an insult, defamation

A Parisian court has fined a protester for their use of the word ‘homophobe’, declaring the term to be defamatory. Former president of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in Paris, Laure Pora, was told to pay a sum to far right group La Manif Pour Tous as the result of a protest in 2013. […]

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LaTrobe City councillor Christine Sindt faces social media furore

A Victorian local councillor for the City of LaTrobe in Victoria has sparked a social media furore by posting questionable comments about the region’s federal member of parliament Darren Chester. Following Mr Chester’s announcement that he would support marriage equality the local newspaper The LaTrobe Valley Express asked its readers if they thought Mr Chester’s […]

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