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CAIRO - 6 December 2022: Some citizens fall victim to defamation through press platforms and social media sites, and some wonder about the penalty for this crime in the law.
In the below lines, et will explain the process of proving a defamation existed, whether in newspapers or social media, and the penalty imposed on those who committed this crime.
Legal expert Khaled Mohamed says that defamation means "attributing a specific incident that requires punishment or contempt for the person to whom it is attributed; it is a deliberate public attribution, and it affects the honor and consideration of the person or organization to which it is attributed, or in other words a written or printed statement intended to harm someone's reputation. using pictures, signs or broadcast news."
He added that defamation is not defamation, unless it was published and its news was broadcast, otherwise it is not considered defamation.
He went on explaining that in order for the crime of defamation to take place, it must be proven that the defendant is the one who published some things, and prove that the published material is related to him, and prove that the published material has the characteristic of slander harmful to his reputation.
As for the punishment, the perpetrator of the defamation crime shall bear a penalty of imprisonment or a fine, according to what is decided by law, in addition to civil liability, by ruling compensation in favor of the victim in the event of filing a civil lawsuit related to a criminal lawsuit, or filing a civil lawsuit before the civil court.