Meaning of the term “defamation”
Defamation is the publication of a statement, which reflects on a person’s reputation and tends to lower him in the estimation of right thinking members of society generally, and tend to make them shun or avoid him.
It has also been defined as a statement calculated to injure the reputation of another person by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule. Has a tendency to injure him in his office, profession or trade.
Defamation is either by spoken word or gestures (slander) or representation in some permanent form for example publication in a newspaper, pictorial illustration, sign (libel)