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Only liars need worry: why the Protection from Harassment Bill matters

Coming back to section 15, let’s start with the premise that it is not a human right to tell lies about someone else (of course, if you think that telling lies is a fundamental right, then we have an irreconcilable difference of views). If one person deliberately tells lies about another in order to hurt them, it would be unjust if the victim had to accept this without remedy. For example, say that D and V are competing for the same job. D deliberately spreads the story that V was convicted abroad for criminal breach of trust in order to ruin his chances. Or suppose that D is a spurned lover and in revenge spreads rumours that V has been sleeping around with several other men. Would any reasonable person accept that D is merely exercising his right of free speech and that V should not be allowed to do anything about it?

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