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Advox Law has substantial experience in relation to defamation laws in Singapore. We have been advising and representing clients on all forms of defamation and slander. The list of our clients includes individuals, SMEs and MNCs.
What is defamation?
In Singapore, defamation is a criminal offence under section 499 of the Penal Code. An individual can be arrested by the Police, if there is sufficient evidence that a defamation offence has taken place.
If the matter goes to court, what must the prosecution prove?
For the prosecution to be successful, it must be proven that the defendant had the intention, knowledge or reason that their actions and/or words would harm the victim’s reputation.
Can any action be taken under Civil Law?
Yes, under Torts Law and the Defamation Act. There are two types of defamation under civil law.
- Libel: This occurs when there are written words that are defaming the victim; and
- Slander: Where the defamation is verbally.
I’m a victim of defamation. What should I do now?
Firstly, we recommend you make a Police report with the supporting evidence.
Secondly, get in touch with us and we will offer you initial advice as to whether you should commence a civil action for defamation and the chances of your success.