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seditious libel

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Definition of seditious libel in English:

noun

Law
1A published statement which is seditious: his publication in 1763 was decided by the courts to be a seditious libel on George III
1.1 [mass noun] The action or crime of publishing a seditious statement: James had the bishops tried for seditious libel
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  • Another tactic of the government to silence criticism was to prosecute authors, printers and publishers for seditious libel, a common law crime.
  • These varied from the trials and subsequent execution of radicals for treason, to trials for sedition and seditious libel.
  • One of the posters, questioning the independence of the commissioners, resulted in the South Australian government laying archaic charges of criminal and seditious libel against the paper.

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