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Defamation and Freedom of Speech

Dario Milo


The law of defamation contemplates the clash of two fundamental rights: the right to freedom of expression and the right to reputation. The rules of defamation law are designed to mediate between these two rights. The central proposition that this book makes is that defamation law needs to be reformed to balance the conflicting rights. This discussion flows from a theoretical analysis of the rights in issue; the value underlying the right to reputation that has most resonance is human dignity, while the value that is most apposite to freedom of expression in this context is the argument that f ... More

Keywords: defamation law, freedom of expression, reputation, free speech, public interest speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199204922
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dario Milo, author
Partner, Media Law Department, Webber Wentzel Bowens Attorneys, part-time lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg