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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.
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the greater the truth, the greater the libel

The more damaging or incendiary a fact is, the greater legal ramifications its publisher will face. Based on seditious libel laws of England in the 18th century. The Crown aimed to stamp out any and all seditious or rebellious publications that would aim to undermine or discredit the empire, truth being considered no defense whatsoever. In their eyes, the greater the truth, the greater the libel.
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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.
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Throughout, O'Brien's emphasis is on the taxonomy and repeated patterns of the blood libel, while he shows how the blood libel is endlessly replayed in Western culture (and, as an unexplored aside, apparently in "radical Islamic versions," 268).
The only reason the blood libel accusation has persisted against Jews is because Jews continue to exist.
2) It is a question of fact whether or not any matter that is published is a blasphemous libel.
There is no guidance in the Criminal Code or in any judicial interpretations as to what "publishes," "decent language" or "a religious subject" mean, or generally, what constitutes blasphemous libel.
The crime of blasphemous libel was apparently a factor in the judge's decision.
15] Under James, the number of libels aimed at the king's favorites increases exponentially and also includes a wide range of lurid figuration.
But figurations of the sodomite king -- in plays, illicit pamphlets, and libels -- translate this courtly animosity to wider audiences.
The play is quite brilliant in its analysis of the conflicts generated by intimate royal patronage, and it is Marlowe's interest in the libels produced in France that makes his depiction of the sodomite king anticipate so uncannily the production of sodomitical innuendo surrounding James: when James revived the institution of the Bedchamber, the resulting pressure upon politics of access provoked precisely the kinds of libel and gossip that surrounded Henri's "Cousaile of the Cabinet.
Web sites have emerged re-printing the original libel, but Demon is determined that they, or the URLs where they can be found, will not be publicly available on Demon's servers.
Internet On Trial" was how Vanity Fair's December issue billed its report on the libel lawsuit against Matt Drudge, the Internet's first political gossip columnist.
Unsatisfied with this response, Blumenthal filed a libel lawsuit against Drudge and America Online, seeking an improbable $30 million in damages.
Mr Bates, 78, denied libel, pleading justification and fair comment, which was rejected.
The libel action arose out of events surrounding the acquisition of Leeds Utd by a consortium headed by Mr Bates in 2005, the court heard.
In a legal challenge that may help change libel laws for all newspapers, the court said the damages "should be set aside".
We thought the award was extremely disproportionate to the actual libel.