answered on 05/08/2017
Defamation is indeed a criminal offence under section 499 of the Penal Code, and the defamer can be prosecuted if it is shown that he intended, knew, or had reason to believe, that his words would harm the reputation of the victim. Additionally, defamation can also give rise to civil action under the tort of defamation and the Defamation Act. Where written words constitute libel, you may commence a civil lawsuit against the wrongdoer and pursue monetary compensation or an injunction. Depending on the circumstances, mediation, arbitration, or a private settlement outside of court may be recommended.