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    Conclusion

    Module 5: Defamation

    The criminalisation of defamation poses a serious risk to freedom of expression, particularly with the rise of new media platforms online.  Defamation serves a real purpose to protect individuals from affronts to their dignity, but is too often abused to instead silence and punish dissent.  Despite the recent trend towards the decriminalisation of defamation, there remains a need to ensure the implementation of judgments, to remove criminal punishments for other insult laws, and to institute legal protections against alternative methods of silencing activists such as SLAPP suits.