The protection of one’s good name and freedom of expression are important constitutionally protected rights but conflicts between them frequently arise in practice. Everyone is entitled to protect his or her name and reputation from untrue and unjustified statements. The law of defamation relates to untrue or unjustified statements (written or spoken) which harm a person’s or a business’s reputation in the eyes of a reasonable member of society.
Defamatory statements can be challenged by the subject of those statements whether they are written or oral. Defamatory allegations are made more often now than ever before, particularly with the advent of internet chat rooms and e-mails Statements made in emails, text messages, on the internet, on television or other electronic media can all be challenged. Both the author and publisher of defamatory statements are generally liable to the person whose reputation has been damaged.
If you or your business have been the victim of defamation, or are defending a claim of defamation, we can help. The tort, or civil wrong, of defamation is concerned with protecting the reputation of an individual or of a company or corporate entity from an unjust attack. The right to a good name is constitutionally guaranteed and, as such, the State must protect and vindicate this right. We will help and guide you with this process and aid your journey through the Courts if it becomes necessary.