The meaning of defamation

A defamatory statement is one which imputes conduct or qualifies to disparage or degrade any person or expose him to contempt, ridicule or public hatred, or to prejudice him in the way of his office profession & trade.   The standard test of defamation is the reasonable man, the court will decide whether if a statement is defamation or not by seeing with eyes of a reasonable man, The meaning of the offence of defamation consists in its tendency to cause that description of pain which is felt by a person who knows he to be the object of the unfavorable sentiments of his fellow creatures. Continue reading