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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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In the morally incoherent pantheon of the academic defamers of Israel, perhaps no single individual has emerged as the paradigmatic libeler, the most vitriolic and widely followed character in an inglorious retinue as Norman Finkelstein, late of DePaul University.
Block, Defending the Undefendable: The Pimp, Prostitute, Scab, Slumlord, Libeler, Moneylender, and Other Scapegoats in the Rogue's Gallery of American Society (1991), p.
12) To another anonymous libeler, the surname of Bacon's longtime adversary, Sir Edward Coke, provided too tempting an opportunity to be missed: "For if thy faults grow common, / Thou soone wilt find a nimble Cooke / Slice rashers from thy gammon" the poem "On Fran.
12) For examples of these conclusions, see Block, Defending the Undefendable: The Pimp, Prostitute, Scab, Slumlord, Libeler, Moneylender, and Other Scapegoats in the Rogue's Gallery of American Society, San Francisco: Fox & Wilkes 1991; Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, pp.
42) In other words, the satirist is a healthy, public-spirited censor, while the libeler is a diseased, intoxicated, or mad person.
Those who spread false tweets produced with Photoshop are obviously libelers.
Exposing" blood libelers is very different from judging them, as Bale asserts.