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I am being threatened for defamation for sharing an article about an alleged scammer which was published in local news site

Repeating a defamatory statement is itself defamatory This is known as the repetition rule and is illustrated in Brown v Bower & Another [2017] EWHC 2637 (QB). In essence, the "local news ...
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In fiction, is it legal to state a newspaper wrote an article when in fact it never did?

Yes, as long as it is clear that this is fiction. It is utterly common for fiction set in the current world to mention real institutions and people, and have them do and say things that they never ...
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Someone has a video of me doing drugs. Is there legal protection against its release?

The tort for this kind of activity is called public disclosure of private facts, and almost every U.S. state recognizes that this tort is invalid under the First Amendment in the absence of a legal ...
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Defamation due to breach of confidentiality

Yes. Making statements in a legally protected confidential context is not publishing them, and in most jurisdictions, defamation must be published to create a cause of action. In such a case the ...
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What can I do about an ex-landlord “trash talking” me on Facebook?

Actually, he has been libelling you which is defamation in writing - slander is verbal defamation. Notwithstanding, if what he has done has or is likely to cause damage to your reputation and is a ...
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Do Twitter disclaimers saying "opinions are my own" give any legal protection to the account owner?

The purpose of that disclaimer is not to prevent reprimands or legal action. It's really as simple as it appears -- it's to inform the readers that the tweets in fact contain the opinion of the person ...
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Do Twitter disclaimers saying "opinions are my own" give any legal protection to the account owner?

That's the danger of doing legal research on the internet. That Forbes article quotes several different attorneys, and they all make the point of saying that those disclaimers are meaningless copy/...
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Do changing social norms change the definition of "defamation?"

The definition of defamation, itself, doesn't change. What may change is whether certain kinds of false statements are "so bad" that it is not necessary to prove that the person was actually ...
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Sue newspaper or the reporter for libel?

English Law answer: Both the newspaper that published and the individual who wrote the defamatory statement may be sued for defamation. You may choose to sue one or sue both as co-defendants. The ...
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Can anyone prevail against government law enforcement agencies for defamatory press releases?

Defamation is a false statement. If the police have arrested you or charged you with a crime, then a press release stating that you have been arrested or charged is a true statement, and not ...
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Can Chelsea Manning be sued in civil court by anyone named in the documents that were leaked?

Assuming that the documents were either true, or Manning reasonably believed that they were true, there would be no cause of action for defamation. Many of the documents disclosed would have been ...
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Are slander and defamation the same thing?

Slander is one of two main categories of defamation, the other of which is libel. Historically, slander applied to oral statements, while libel applied to statements in writing. The modern trend is to ...
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Are there legal implications to lying about your sponsors?

False statements are generally protected by the First Amendment. If the video was an obvious gag or work of fiction, in which a reasonable person would understand that you were not truly endorsed, ...
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In fiction, is it legal to state a newspaper wrote an article when in fact it never did?

is it legal to state a newspaper wrote an article when in fact it never did? He looked at the newspaper on the table. The Chicago Tribune featured an article that read, "Hank Reed sentenced ...
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I am being threatened for defamation for sharing an article about an alleged scammer which was published in local news site

If the article on the "local news site" was false, or cannot be proved true and if it harmed, or was likely to harm, the reputation of the alleged scammer, it was probably defamatory. ...
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Can Social Media Reviews Be Considered Defamation?

While @jqning is absolutely correct in stating that truth is always an "absolute defense" to a claim of defamation, keep in mind that truth can be a subjective thing. What is one person's version of ...
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Someone has a video of me doing drugs. Is there legal protection against its release?

I know nothing about the law. What I have heard from others (that also know nothing) is that in some countries/states it might be illegal to record audio/video without the recording party being ...
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Can using a "simile" constitute defamation?

If a factual statement is implied, rather than explicit, it can still constitute defamation. "T looks like a thief" may be an expression of opinion ("I think that T might be a thief&...
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Defamation due to breach of confidentiality

Possibly Qualified privilege is a defense in defamation. The statement would have to have been made without malice, be made in an appropriate situations and for a reasonable cause. If making the ...
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I am being threatened for defamation for sharing an article about an alleged scammer which was published in local news site

Jurisdiction: england-and-wales I'm posting this to add to the other answers, so I won't go into details on the defence of truth other than to say that in England and Wales this can be found in ...
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If someone does not downvote defamatory post does that mean they endorse it?

No They do not commit the necessary actus reus by ignoring, or not even reading, a defamatory post. To be guilty, one has to act: by words either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or by ...
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Do changing social norms change the definition of "defamation?"

Changing social norms don't change the definition of defamation, but they do change the definition of defamation per se. Just such a change is going on now, as courts consider whether it is ...
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Do Twitter disclaimers saying "opinions are my own" give any legal protection to the account owner?

No, it doesn't protect the employee from reprimand or legal action, however, it does give the employer a stronger defence to legal action. The employee is stating that they are "on a frolic of their ...
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Is a B2B blacklist legal

Yes. This is legal. The only possible liability for a truthful and accurate disclosure of fact is a defamation action (in the absence of a privacy clause in the contract) and this is truthful so it ...
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What is the recourse for defamation?

What kind of recourse can OP pursue to swiftly clear their name? The OP's "recourse" is to prove the truth - that he is not a convicted or accused (by a prosecutor) sex offender - to those who ...
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What is the recourse for defamation?

Scott seemingly has a viable claim of defamation per se. If the matter has caused him concrete losses (typically in the form of losing employment, business, or prospect thereof), he could also sue for ...
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I'm being defamed on Facebook. Do I have a legal case?

So Maryland is a Defimation Per Se state, and lists accusations of moral turpitude, criminal conduct, or fraud. I would say on the second statement about offering support ot Hamas and/or Hezbollah, ...
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