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character assassination

A deliberate attempt to destroy the reputation of a public figure by releasing, revealing, or creating defamatory or damaging information about them. The so-called expose on the senator is character assassination, pure and simple. Releasing those decades-old photos this late in the campaign amounts to character assassination—and it will probably work.
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character assassination

Fig. seriously harming someone's reputation. The review was more than a negative appraisal of his performance. It was total character assassination.
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Though many people dismiss this threat as hyperbole and an empty threat to attract publicity and sympathy, our history advises us to take threats of assassination most seriously.
Distancing Israel from targeted assassinations in Gaza during this period provided Israel with the opportunity to normalize its ongoing violence on the border.
Tunheim was chairman of the independent agency in the 1990s that made public many assassination records and decided how long others could remain secret.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Unknown assailants have increased assassination operations against the leaders of terrorist groups in Idlib, with the latest case being a field commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Most of the assassinations surveyed above are reported in the Bible without either positive or negative comment.
We found that assassinations do have an effect on political systems, but with caveats.
This article is a summary of a broader study that will be published later by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) and aims to improve our understanding of the causes and implications of political assassinations. It makes use of an original and comprehensive worldwide data set of political assassinations between 1945 and 2013.
"Assassinations committed against intellectual elites and high ranking heads, recently the assassination of the thinker, human being, the political and the academic Dr.
The assassination attempt took place on Al-Adel Street in the capital, Sana'a.
The petition calls for the STL to include in its mandate the investigation of assassinations that targeted Lebanese officials, starting with the attempted killing of MP Marwan Hamadeh in October 2004 up until the most recent assassination of former Minister Mohammad Shatah, adviser to former Prime Minister Sd Hariri, in December 2013.
Damascus, (SANA)- Information Ministry condemned the assassination Mohamed Brahmi, opposition member of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly, as "a heinous crime" that also targeted not only the martyr, his family and the Tunisian people, but also the national progressive movement in the Arab world.
TUNIS (TAP) - The assassination of General Co-ordinator of the Popular movement and member of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mohamed Brahmi continues to arouse reactions of the political parties' leaders who strongly denounce this political assassination, the second after Chokri Belaid's.
The statement noted that "the people of Nineveh province condemn this criminal act, which was planned by the same political party that has failed in previous attempts to target al-Nujaifi last week in the Syndicate of Engineers." He stressed that "those who want to assassinate Nujaifi are re-using the assassinations squads related to them to keep their political opponents in order to deport him from his national role in maintaining the identity of Mosul ".
He affirmed support for the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon "to independently investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the assassination of Hariri and the others killed and injured on that tragic day." He shed light on the other assassinations that took place in Lebanon since the Hariri assassination, including Wissam Al-Hasan, adding "and still others have been targeted in assassination attempts, including Lebanese Forces Party Leader Dr.
NNA - State Prosecutor, Hatem Madi, held Wednesday a meeting for the judges tasked with investigating assassinations and assassination attempts of politicians and religious men in Lebanon.