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    Module 7: Defamation and Reputation

    While defamation laws aim to shield individuals from infringements on their rights to dignity and privacy, their frequent abuse tends to subdue and penalise dissenting voices. The ongoing shift towards decriminalising defamation signifies a progressive step but necessitates a comprehensive execution of judicial verdicts. Concurrently, the elimination of criminal penalties associated with other insult laws becomes imperative. This module has also underscored the importance of instituting legal safeguards against alternative coercive tactics such as the use of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suits.

    A holistic approach encompassing not only the decriminalisation of defamation but also the eradication of punitive measures, coupled with protective measures against silencing methodologies, is needed to fortify the terrain of unfettered expression and dissent.