The common law origins of defamation lie in the torts of “slander” (harmful statement in a transient form, especially speech), each of which gives a common law right of action.

“Defamation” is the general term used internationally, and is used in this article where it is not necessary to distinguish between “slander” and “libel”. Libel and slander both require publication.[7] The fundamental distinction between libel and slander lies solely in the form in which the defamatory matter is published. If the offending material is published in some fleeting form, as by spoken words or sounds, sign language, gestures and the like, then this is slander.


Libel is defined as defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.[8] The law of libel originated in the 17th century in England. With the growth of publication came the growth of libel and development of the tort of libel.[9]    

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8 comments on “Libel, Slander LaShon Ha-Ra

  1. Well Steve no luck Facebook is allowing the post in the police can’t do anything about it because it was before the TRO so I’m SOL !

  2. Steve… Thank you! This truly helps!
    One last question:

    This Permanent Restraining Order is in one county…. She lives in another county… Which county would I go to lodge my grievance? Hers or mine?

    Thank you agian…


    • The violation occurred in your county as that is where you saw the post were harassed. I’m not an attorney. The worst that can happen is the police tell you to go to the next county. It’s my understanding a restraining order is valid throughout the United States.

  3. Steve: maybe I was unclear… The one writing this is the male and the protected person… I’m talking about her the restrained person… Tho it works the same I believe… Correct?

    Thank you Lo

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