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Defamation, Libel 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

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Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.   Abraham Lincoln Defamation is the act of harming another’s reputation by libel or slander and thereby exposing that person to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, or financial loss. Libel is false and negligent or malicious publication involving words, pictures, or signs., Technically and historically, libel has differed from slander in that slander was defined as defamation by oral expressions or gestures and libel was defined as defamation in print. With both libel and slander, resulting liability depends on a third party reading or hearing the defamatory words. With the advent of modern forms of

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