In this case it means the truth behind the claims. There should be tangible proof made by the defendant to ensure that they had made the right claims. Courts do not factor in any other factors when making the determination. If it has been proven true then the courts consider the defendant claim to be valid. It has been found in this case there is no real validity to the claims made by Shing. It only seems to malign the name of Wong. They are both powerful members in the society there should have been some proof that should have been shown by Shing to validate the claims. Instead of blindly accusing without the proof it only caused Shing’s name to be maligned in the process. Courts make a determination based on the tangible proof that has been submitted towards them. It is imperative that there should be a balance between libel and freedom of speech in the communities. If there is criminal actions undertaken by a specific entity and if they are capable of causing damage the public needs to be warned. It is the fiduciary duty of the media to ensure that they make people aware of their responsibilities. Libel laws, Defamation lawsuits factor in the freedom of speech and the act of spreading malignant rumors about someone.
There should be veracity of truth in the case of accusing someone or making allegations. It should be justified and there should be ample proof for these allegations (Parkes 53). While addressing the larger public media, some sort of due diligence must be conducted by the parties prior to presenting information to the public. An important consideration that must be analyzed is if there is any truth in the allegations made and it should not because the other person considerable harm.In the case of making accusations about someone, the courts will consider what the perception the individual held while making the allegations. They should have acted for the greater good of the community and also should not have acted out of personal vengeance. Even if there is personal vengeance if the defendant is able to prove to the courts that the allegations made were indeed true then the courts will dismiss the cases. For this there should be proper media governance to ensure that the rights of the people are protected in this situation (Hill 15).