Here is a pending court case, the results of which could have a huge impact in the way we converse on websites, blogs and forums in SA. go here. I do not know of any other cases laying down precedent - so assume this would go a long way.
What are the legal ramifications of naming and shaming, being defamatory, just being obnoxious - you know....... the stuff we do in forums and blogs.
There are implications for the web site owner, the administrator, the poster and the recipient of the posts. Does an indemnity and a 'we are not responsible' clause in a page somewhere, cut it? Are these just opinions that are 'allowed' in terms of a constitutional right, what if we do not back them up or cannot?