When a person publishes false statements which seek to defame another’s character, it is referred to as libel. For an action for libel to be successful, one of the grounds is that such writing must have been published.
A true statement on the contrary, can never be defamatory as the written publication must be false and without lawful justification for it to be defamatory.
In such situations anyone who is a victim of libel can sue for damages at the appropriate court. Its however important to note that an action for libel cannot be brought after 6 years from the date of which the action occurred.
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