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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.
Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Table of Cases; Botswana; Cameroon; Gambia; Ghana (Gold Coast); Kenya; Lesotho; Malaŵi; Mauritius; Namibia (South-West Africa); Nigeria; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania (including Tanganyika and Zanzibar before unification); Uganda; Zambia (Northern Rhodesia); Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia); Australia; Canada; European Institutions (Court of Human Rights); France; Hong Kong; India; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; United Kingdom; United States Table of Statutes and Subsidiary Legislation1 Introduction; The Essential Nature of Defamation Law; Who Sues and Why?; A Social Importance?; The African Context; Law in Africa; The Media in Africa; Governments and Defamation; Judicial Attitudes to the Press; Notes; 2 Customary and Islamic Law; Introduction; The Law; The Status of Customary Law; Islamic Law; Notes; 3 The Colonial Systems; The ""Common Law"": An Introduction; The Application of English Law in Africa; Roman-Dutch Law; French Law in Africa; Notes; 4 Form; Introduction; Libel or Slander?; The Consequences of the Distinction; Notes 5 MeaningIntroduction; The Judge Without a Jury; The Audience; Not Admitting Evidence; Levels of Meaning and Innuendoes; Aids to Interpretation; Abuse and Mere Rhetoric; Identifying the Plaintiff; Reference to the Plaintiff and Innuendoes; More Than One Potential Plaintiff; Notes; 6 Defamatory Meaning; Introduction; Definitions; The Society; Right Thinking Members of Society Generally; The Use of Evidence; Notes; 7 Examples of Defamatory Statements; Criminal Offences; Activities Against the State; Immorality; Private Parts; Imputations as to Profession etc.; Corruption and Abuse of Office ExtravaganceDefaming Politicians; Natural Rulers; Religion; Witchcraft; Others; Disclaimer Notices; Financial Credit; 8 Publication; Another Person; Proof of Publication; Who is Liable?; Multiple Publications; Notes; 9 Who Can Sue?; Introduction; No Vicarious Defamation; Defamation of the Dead; The Corporate Plaintiff; Other Bodies; Roman-Dutch Jurisdictions; Notes; 10 The Defendant's Fault; The Common Law; Other Systems; Insanity and Inebriation; 11 Truth and Public Benefit; Truth; What Must Be Shown; Public Benefit; Pleading and Proof; Notes; 12 Absolute Privilege Statements in, or Related to, Judicial ProceedingsQuasi-judicial Proceedings; Legislative Bodies; Statements between Officers of State; Solicitor and Client; Notes; 13 Qualified Privilege Generally; Introduction; The Duty to Communicate; An Interest in Communicating; Response to Attack; Elections; Adjudicatory and Arbitral Bodies; Village Meetings and Associations; Excess of Privilege; Other Systems; Side-stepping the Defence; Notes; 14 Defences for the Press I: Statutes and Privilege; Lord Campbell's Act; Unintentional Defamation"" Under the Modern Legislation; The Press and Privilege
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