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libel chill

The silencing effect that the threat of a libel lawsuit can have on those who would be sued if they continue such speech. The whistleblower's silence after being threatened with a lawsuit by her former company is a classic case of libel chill.
See also: chill, libel

The greater the truth, the greater the libel.

Prov. It is more offensive to say something damaging and true about someone than it is to tell a damaging lie. Jill: Fred's really upset. Someone's started a rumor that he's unfaithful to his wife. Jane: But it's true. Jill: Yeah, but the greater the truth, the greater the libel.
See also: greater, libel
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Her ruling in the Civil Court of Lisbon comes six years after the McCanns launched the libel action.
Mr Hayat asked Judge Seys-Llewellyn QC to halt the libel action against him and four other defendants, but the application was refused.
Anderson became so frustrated by the costs of libel litigation and the harassment involving astronomical claims of punitive damages that he was willing to make a trade.
The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 could be used as a legal mantle to criminalise libel," the press freedom watchdog said.
Rodriguez said the present law on libel infringes on the freedom of speech and of expression and negatively impacts on media practitioners.
My fight against the enforcement of the British libel judgment - first in New York and then with the US federal government - and the subsequent criticism of British libel tourism by American legislators and media, led to the passage of local and federal laws protecting American journalists, authors and publishers from the enforcement of any foreign libel judgments.
While recent statistical analysis is inconclusive about the prevalence of criminal libel cases, (28) including the number of cases related to the Internet, media coverage (29) suggests that Internet-related criminal libel cases are becoming increasingly common.
The weekly said it was the largest-ever number of separate libel claims to be brought against the British media by the same person on the same issue.
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Oriented towards helping journalists and other writers avoid being sued for libel, rather than towards what to do after being sued, this work provides a series of country case studies that answer questions related to national libel laws in Brazil, Canada, the United States, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Belgium, England and Wales, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation, Spain, and Switzerland.
Editorial sections, because they offer opinion instead of factually based news, have more leeway when it comes to libel standards than other sections of the newspaper, two attorneys agreed at the NCEW convention session in Portland.
US libel laws are nothing like our own so it is always fun when UK architectural big beasts get a mention.
What these apologists fail to realise is that it is virtually impossible to be specific about such matters under the libel laws which tyrannise the press in Britain.
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The libel action ended in 1997, with damages of pounds 40,000 imposed on the pair for handing out leaflets attacking McDonald's working practices and policies.