ADMS2610-Session4-Ch4

ADMS2610-Session4-Ch4 - ADMS2610 Session 4 Chapter 4 (pg....

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ADMS2610 Session 4 Chapter 4 (pg. 65-68, 70-74) Intentional Interference with the Reputation of a Person Defamation – false statements that injure a person’s reputation - Law of tort - Can take the form of either Libel or Slander - Libel – defamation in some permanent form such as in writing, a cartoon - Slander – false statements or gestures that injure a person’s reputation - Fell under the jurisdiction of the Common Law with the passage of time - Before the introduction of printing, defamation took the form of slander Defences to a claim of defamation - Qualified privilege applies if the defendant can show that the statements were made in good faith and without malicious intent (even though the facts that he or she believed to be true at the time were subsequently false) o Example: an employer provides a letter of reference containing derogatory statements (which the employer believes to be true and fair assessment) about an employee Justification of these exceptions is based upon the importance of free speech on matters of public importance and balancing this intent with the protection of the individual’s reputation - Absolute privilege protects the speaker of the words absolutely, regardless of the words’ truth or falsity (even if made with malicious intent) o This defence is limited to those cases where it is in the public’s interest to allow defamatory statement to be made
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2011 for the course ADMS 2610 taught by Professor Joshuasera during the Winter '10 term at York University.

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ADMS2610-Session4-Ch4 - ADMS2610 Session 4 Chapter 4 (pg....

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