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An Act to Repeal the Defamation Act and Libel and Slander Act’, also known as the Defamation Bill, was passed today (July 12) in the Senate.

The Bill addresses inadequacies in the existing libel law and promotes speedy and non-litigious methods of resolving disputes.

Among the provisions are: the abolition of the distinction between libel and slander and the establishment of one single cause of action to be known as defamation; abolition of the law relating to criminal libel; reduction of the limitation period for actions in defamation from six to two years; replacement of the defence of justification with the defence of truth;