26 April 2007
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Defamation ABC released in Arabic

ARTICLE 19 has released its publication 'Defamation ABC' in Arabic and French translations. The ABC is intended both as an accessible introduction to the law of defamation, and as a tool for those interested in progressive reform of defamation statutes, whether lawyers or non-lawyers.

The ABC describes common features of defamation laws worldwide, explaining such matters as the distinction between libel and slander, between civil and criminal defamation and between 'genuine' defamation laws and insult laws. It also provides an overview of key international standards on balancing individual reputations against freedom of expression. Areas covered include the problematic nature of criminal defamation, the position of public bodies and public officials in defamation law, the defences that should be recognised against an allegation of defamation and other procedural issues, such as allocation of the burden of proof.

The English version was published in November of 2006.

The Defamation ABC can be downloaded at the following location:


For more information: please contact Daniel Simons, Legal Officer, at +44 20 7278 9292 or daniel@article19.org.

ARTICLE 19 is an independent human rights organisation that works around the world to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression. It takes its name from Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees free speech.