| Commentary

219 Publication

| Commentary

219 Publication

Publication to a third party makes the defamatory statement actionable1. Reputation exists entirely on the belief of others so that communication of the defamatory statement to the potential claimant only will not harm his reputation and is therefore not actionable. Accordingly, as long as a defamatory communication remains in an envelope while in transit and is only read by the object of the statement there is no actionable tort. The position is different if the same statement is made on a postcard or, more likely nowadays, in an email sent unencrypted or otherwise in an insecure

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