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Statement Defamation Bill 2006 s.5 (1) The tort of libel and the tort of slander a) shall cease to be so described and b) shall, instead, be collectively described as and referred to in this Act as the "tort of defamation". s.34 The common law offences of criminal libel, seditious libel and obscene libel are abolished. Defamation Act 1961 s.15 For the purposes of libel and slander the broadcasting of words by means of wireless telegraphy shall be treated as publication in permanent form. s.16 Words spoken or published which impute unchastity or adultery to any woman or girl shall not require special damage to render them actionable. s.19 In an action for slander in respect of words calculated to disparage the plaintiff in any office profession, calling, trade or business held or carried on by him at the time of the publication, but shall not be necessary to allege or prove special damage, whether or not the words are spoken of the plaintiff in the way of his office, profession, calling, trade or business.
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