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Digital Defamation and the ‘public document’ defence – A tale of Nyoni

In order to succeed in a defamation action, a plaintiff must demonstrate that the ‘defamatory’ material was ‘published’. In a digital context, if ‘defamatory’ material is placed on the internet, for example on webpages or social media platforms, 'publication' for the purposes of defamation will occur once that material is downloaded, read and comprehended by any users.

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