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Defamation claims

There is a sense in this age of "virtuality" that many people have a very loose tongue and are very freely blaming & slamming others,  often very blatantly,  for something they said or  if they did (or did not) something they did not like ...

" Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people " (Leviticus 19:16).

 

In the age of Facebook, talk backs, Twitter and in general - anonymity behind keyboards and screens, there is a feeling and impression that many people have a very loose tongue (more than ever).

They are Allowing themselves to discredit & shame others, blatantly and disdainfully.

They allow themselves to spread slander against any person who said or did (or did not) something they did not like.

Sometimes things are done "just like that", for no real reason and motive, except the sense of security,  albeit false and erroneous, that one can hide behind the computer and behind virtual walls and beyond the reach of the law.

 The Prohibition of defamation Law, 1965 defines and determines  what is considered as defamation and libel on the one hand, and what is within permitted and protected freedom of expression on the other.

While this is a law that was enacted many years ago, the pre-era of technological innovations, the protection it provides is still applicable and enforceable today.

The law and the case law, including a recent ruling that specifically interprets and applies to Facebook and talk-back publications, for example, set clear and explicit boundaries when a statement or publication is a legitimate expression of opinion or criticism or there is protection under the law in respect thereof.

On the other hand -the law and case law also state when statements and publications cross the boundary of good taste and constitute "slander" for all intents and purposes.

Although technological advancements can certainly pose, and sometimes present, a challenge, how to enforce existing and prohibited laws and prohibitions - these boundaries are certainly applicable.

These limits are enforceable in both the modern age and  in regards to "publications" in modern media.

All this, of course, alongside enforcement concerning publications in old fashioned ways.

It is important to know that the person who has been defamed has the right to compensation and relief, even without proof of any damage [as of this date (3/2020) up to NIS 50,000 per publication! ].

If you have been injured as a result of any publicity (whether verbal or in writing) and would like to review your eligibility for compensation, contact us today for an initial consultation call and we will be happy to help!

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