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.