Defamation: Libel & Slander

Defamation is false communication about a person, made to other people, that tends to hurt the person's reputation. This script discusses defamation, including libel (defamation with a permanent record) and slander (defamation that is spoken). It also covers defences to a defamation lawsuit.

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The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)
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defamation, libel, slander, fair comment, Dial-A-Law
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