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Upon reading your story and going over what happened, with my extent knowledge in media law I have come to the conclusion that you will run into some legal troubles. You are looking at a defamation lawsuit. Firstly, I think it is important to understand what exactly that is, some possible defense options and as well as ways to avoid a lawsuit like this in the future.
Understanding Defamation: According to Canadian law defamation can take two forms, slander and libel. Slander is defined as the defamation of a person, group, organization, product, government or country that was in the form on spoken words, sounds, sign language, or gestures. Libel is the same thing but the defamatory statement was made in written or printed words or in pictures. You are currently dealing with a defamation case in the form of libel. In legal terms; "The publication of any false imputation concerning a person, or a member of his family, whether living or dead, by which (a) the reputation of that person is likely to be injured or (b) he is likely to be injured in his profession or trade or (c) other persons are likely to be induced to shun, avoid, ridicule or despise him. (White, A Primer on the Law of Defamation in Ontario)
Basically Peter Reid Graham has the ability to sue for defamation because the statement referring to the pedophilia was a false statement made as if they were true and referring to him. The information may have been factual but the implications were that the man in the picture (Peter Reid Graham) was the one being accused, which is false. In addition it caused damages to this mans reputation (the damage does not need to be proven) The victim will just have to state that he is being accused of a crime he did not commit. Now his name was not used but his picture was which still falls under the category of libel defamation. “The plaintiff must be…...

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