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Defamation, Libel & Slander

Defamation, Libel & Slander

If it's in writing then it is a libel; if it's an oral statement then it is a slander. If it's harmful, then it is defamation.

Libel and Slander are forms of Defamation, defined as publicly making false, or misleading, statements about some other person.

Libel is written statement, of false and malicious content, about someone else.  Such statement may be made in writing, or through pictures or other type of printed material.

Slander is a spoken (oral) statement, of false and malicious character, about someone else.

In order to successfully prove a case for defamation, through either libel or slander, the statement -whether in writing or oral- must fulfill all three below requirements:

  1. To be intentionally communicated to someone else (negligent communication may also meet the requirement);
  2. The statement must have caused a degree of damage (harmful) to the reputation of the innocent person, to whom the statement refers to; a 'defamatory' statement is a degree of damage.
  3. The innocent person (the person defamed) need to be related to the 'defamatory' statement (it may even be implied).

It is important to be noted that the person being defamed must show actual injury or malice.

We offer on-going representation and advice on defamation, libel and slander matters. We have skills and broad experience that can assist our clients on questions about defamation issues.  In today's trends, with social media taking over the media world, we answer questions which relate to peoples' reputation and private life, and we pride ourselves for consulting on online defamation matters in Cyprus and the local and Community laws in relation to defamation of a business entity or product.

Whether it is private, family, product or business defamation, we will help you understand the question whether a third person's statement (oral or printed) is legally actionable or not.  Upon then, we shall set our strategy with you in order to enforce your rights and claim the appropriate court reliefs.

If you are accused of defaming someone's character, we are skilled at defending our clients by presenting to court positions that will defeat any unfounded claims.

Whether it's your reputation that has been damaged or you are being accused of defamation in Cyprus, we are skilled to represent you for a quick and straightforward way-out.