LE­GAL EASE

Men's Health (Singapore) - - NEWS -

CAN I SUE SOME­ONE FOR “STOMP­ING” ME? – Keith Tak­ing pho­tos of other peo­ple in pub­lic places is per­fectly law­ful, if the pho­tos are de­cent and non-sex­ual, and af­fords no le­gal re­course to the one whose photo was taken, says Yuk Lun Chan, founder of Sin­ga­poreLe­galAd­vice.com. How­ever, post­ing them on an on­line por­tal, ac­com­pa­nied with ac­cu­sa­tions, can be defam­a­tory.

To con­sti­tute defama­tion, the post must sat­isfy three re­quire­ments. It must be defam­a­tory to rep­u­ta­tion, must re­fer to the vic­tim, and must be broad­cast.

An un­cen­sored photo ac­com­pa­nied by text ac­cus­ing the main char­ac­ter of wrong­do­ing can con­sti­tute li­bel. How­ever, the photo taker can de­fend him­self if he can prove that there is a factual, truth­ful ba­sis be­hind his ac­cu­sa­tions. To do so, he will have to rely on his own tes­ti­mony, as well as that of passers-by, if avail­able.

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