In countries such as United States more importance is given to the freedom of press. In these cases, implementation of these laws needs to be factored. In USA the importance of speech is related to the First Amendment. In some countries there is legislation to support the cases but there is no real importance given to implementation. Section 230 of the Communication act has been devised for this purpose of protecting the people against the cases of libel. There should be importance given to the freedom of speech it is an important tool in democratic nations but there should not be curbing of the truth because it serves the interest of some people.
Libel is the act of written documentation against someone in the media. Libel can cause considerable damage to the other party. In this case the parties can sue a defamation law suit that is either criminal or civil based on the allegations made. If the plaintiff is able to prove that the defendant acted in self-interest and there was no truth to the claims made, there will be some form of remedial measure offered by the defendant to the plaintiff. They should be able to show that there was no truth to these claims.
Alternatively the defendant can show that the statement made was for the larger collectivistic good of the people and that there was truth in the claims made. But in some cases, the defendants use these defamation lawsuits to hide their actions and to control the freedom of speech. Case of Ricky Wong vs. ATV essentially showcases the importance to presenting allegations with factual basis. According to the courts, Shing had acted only in self-interest. There is an important factor of proving the veracity of the case. Shing could not have had an ulterior motive of serving the community any good by making these allegations. Owing to these facets of the case, it has been ruled in favor of Wong.