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1st Edition

Law of Defamation in Commonwealth Africa

ISBN 9781138323056
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
379 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1998, this book is an exposition of the law of defamation as it applies in those countries (excluding South Africa). It discusses or refers to hundreds of cases from those jurisdictions, as well as many important precedents from England, analysing the law and discussing how far the courts have developed their own approaches to the law, and to what extent the law reflects the values of traditional society and customary law. It thus shows how the law is being used in a field which is both intensely political and reflects important social interests. Though directed mainly at legal practitioners, teachers and students, therefore, it would be of interest to the media – the defendants in the overwhelming majority of the cases-and to scholars in the social sciences.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.  2. Customary and Islamic Law.  3. The Colonial Systems.  4. Form.  5. Meaning.  6. Defamatory Meaning.  7. Examples of Defamatory Statements.  8. Publication.  9. Who Can Sue?  10. The Defendant’s Fault.  11. Truth and Public Benefit.  12. Absolute Privilege.  13. Qualified Privilege Generally.  14. Defence for the Press I: Statutes and Privilege.  15. Defences for the Press II: Fair Comment.  16. Malice.  17. Innocent Dissemination.  18. Other Defences.  19. Damages.  20. Other Remedies.  21. Some Procedural and Evidential Issues.  22. Conclusion.

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Jill Cottrell, is a Former Consultant, UNDP, Nepal.  She was a university law teacher for 40 years, teaching especially economic social and cultural rights in recent years. She is now retired from the University of Hong Kong.