Defamation is the utterance or publication, in any form, of an untrue statement about another person. Libel is a written statement; slander is oral. A defamatory statement must be an assertion of a fact, not an opinion. For example, saying that someone is a “jerk” is not defamatory; it is a matter of opinion as it cannot be proven true or false. However, saying that someone “is an illegal drug user” can be defamatory as it can be proven true or false.

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