Alex Watts : Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you.
Alex Watts : What is the serious harm you have suffered as a result please?
I have suffered no actual harm to my reputation or otherwise. In the pubic interest, I merely wish to let others know of the intimidating nature of the councillor concerned without comeback from him.
Alex Watts :
Yes but one of the tests for slander is you must have suffered serious harm
Alex Watts :
What is it you want to achieve?
I wish to use the voicemail message to publicise the councillor's intimidating behaviour and demonstrate that he's not the 'good old boy' he presents himself as. If I make his message public, can he then regard it as slanderous (even though he left the message knowing it would be recorded)?
Alex Watts : Yes you can release this. Unless he stated it was to be kept confidential you can publish it.
Alex Watts : He may be regarded as being slanderous but only if the victim will or had suffered serious harm. That is the test.
Alex Watts : But you can publish this yes.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Thanks for this.
Alex Watts : Is there anything else I can help with today?
I can confirm that the councillor made no statement in his voicemail that his message to me was confidential. So, just to reiterate, do you confirm that I can pass on his message to others in the public domain without threat of legal action? Incidentally, I forgot to mention that I still have actual message on my voicemail machine as evidence if required.
Alex Watts : Does that help?
Alex Watts : Yes you can disclose it.
Thank you Alex, that's the confirmation I required
Alex Watts : Great, if I could invite you to rate my answer before you go. It's the button at the bottom of the screen
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