Defamation is an intentional statement or publication in a manner likely to cause damages to another person’s reputation. It may either be in a form of libel or slander. Thailand Criminal Code Section 326 defines defamation as follows:
“Whoever, imputes anything to the other person before a third person in a manner likely to impair the reputation of such other person or to expose such other person to be hated or scorned, is said to commit defamation, and shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding one year or fined not exceeding twenty thousand Baht, or both.”
Also, the victim can further claim the compensation under civil manner.
In case of proving that the accused is guilty, the Court may give order:
In simple context, Libel is a written defamation while slander refers to oral defamation or by verbal statements and gestures.
Libel is a defamation by publication of a document, drawing, painting, cinematography film, picture or letters visible by any means, gramophone record or another recording instruments, recording picture or letters, or by broadcasting or spreading picture, or by propagation by any other means.
A person shall not be guilty of defamation if, in good faith, expresses any opinion or a statement by way of:
If the person prosecuted can prove that the accusation made by him is true, he shall not be punished. But the court will not allow proof of truth as a defense if the statement is personal and such proof will not benefit the public.
Re-posting a defamatory publication on all types of social media considers you as guilty as the person who posted the original defamatory statement.