Libel
Before you consider an accusation of libel…

The Law on Libel
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What is 'libel', and is what this site publishes 'libelous'?

libel
1) n. to publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others. Libel is the written or broadcast form of defamation, distinguished from slander, which is oral defamation. [1] (emphasis added)

Libel is Defamation

Libel is a form of defamation which occurs in printed form, including web pages, published written materials or published photographs. Defamation (and therefore libel) is a tort (a 'civil wrong') which in most states falls under civil court rules, and not criminal court. To sustain a charge of libel, the plaintiff must show that defamation has occurred.

Defamation

Defamation is the act of making untrue statements about another which damages his/her reputation. Again, a central and necessary point of defamation is that the statement must be untrue. So, for example, if an accusation is made that a person is a convicted felon, and the person is not, then a defamation has occurred. If, on the other hand the person is a felon, then no defamation has occurred.

Proving Defamation

There are several ways a person must go about proving that defamation has taken place. In the United States, first, the plaintiff must prove that the statement is false. Second, the person must prove that the statement caused harm. Third, the person must prove that the statement was made without adequate research into the truthfulness of the statement. If the plaintiff is a celebrity or a public official, the person must prove the first three steps and that the statement was made with the intent to do harm or with reckless disregard for the truth ("proving malice").

In addition, the laws in most states provide a mechanism where the defendant may avoid a charge of defamation by removing/retracting the material and issuing an apology.

False Statements

In civil law, the burden of proof[2] typically rests on the plaintiff. However in defamation cases there is some variation from state to state. Regardless, when this site makes an allegation we will do so based on a reasonable standard of evidence. To defend ourselves against a charge of defamation, this site will strive to have evidence for each and every claim made about an individual. So if we say that Zecharia Sitchin wrote a book about Nibiru that was full of errors, we will do so based on our demonstration of those errors in his book.

Your Problem

Your problem, (assuming 'you' are considering leveling a charge of libel/defamation against this site), is that this site has a standing policy and offer where any material on it will be removed or edited if it is found to be untrue. The site policy is that all allegations must be backed up with evidence (written material, web pages, screen shots, audio recordings, etc). Any material found on it that does not have sufficient evidence to support the allegations made will be removed. Therefore, in order to sustain your charge of defamation, you must first engage us and explain why the allegations are false. Failure to do so will result in your claim of defamation failing in court.


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