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SA Questions on Criminal Defamation

Discussion in 'Defamation Law Forum' started by dennisr35, 5 November 2015.

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  1. dennisr35

    dennisr35 Active Member

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    Does the defamed person need to be alive, for someone to be accused of Criminal defamation? Does the defamed person need to be identifiable by the publication containing the defamation? For example, if just the last name were used in the publication, the person could not be properly identified.

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  2. JS79

    JS79 Well-Known Member

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    The common law position is that a representative of the deceased who has been defamed cannot sue for defamation that occurred prior or after their death.
     

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