What constitutes defamation under the law

Section 187 - Criminal Code (StGB)

revised by B. v. November 13, 1998 Federal Law Gazette I p. 3322; last amended by Article 1 G. v. March 30, 2021 Federal Law Gazette I p. 441
Valid from 01/01/1975; FNA: 450-2 Criminal Code and related laws
92 earlier versions | is cited in 944 regulations

special part

Section Fourteenth Insult

Section 187 Defamation


§ 187 has 1 earlier version and is quoted in 10 provisions


Anyone who, against his better judgment, asserts or disseminates an untrue fact in relation to another, which is likely to make the same disparaging or disparaging in public opinion or to jeopardize his credit, is punished with imprisonment for up to two years or with a fine and, if the act is committed committed publicly, in a meeting or by disseminating content (Section 11 Paragraph 3), punishable by imprisonment of up to five years or a fine.



Text in the version of Article 1 Sixtieth Act to Amend the Criminal Code - Modernization of the concept of writing and other terms as well as extension of criminal liability under Sections 86, 86a, 111 and 130 of the Criminal Code for acts abroad G. v. November 30, 2020 Federal Law Gazette I p. 2600 w.v. January 1, 2021




 

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Earlier versions of § 187 StGB

The following list shows all changes to this regulation. Via the links current and before you can compare the old version (old version) and the new version (new version). You will find the full text of the amendment law as well as the legislator's justification



Please note that retrospective changes - if any - are sorted in this list according to the date of publication of the change title (date in brackets) and not according to the date of entry into force.



 

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Citations from § 187 StGB

You can see the regulations that refer to Section 187 of the German Criminal Code. The list is subdivided into quotations in the StGB itself, authorizations, other applicable titles, amendment regulations and in repealed titles.

 
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Section 90 Disparagement of the Federal President (from 01.01.2021)

... is imprisonment from six months to five years if the act is defamation (Section 187) or if the offender intentionally acts against the ...

 

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Quotation in the following standards

Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG)

Article 1 G. v. 01.09.2017 Federal Law Gazette I p. 3352; last amended by Article 7 G. v. March 30, 2021 Federal Law Gazette I p. 441

Section 1 NetzDG scope of application (from 01.01.2021)

... fulfill Sections 86, 86a, 89a, 91, 100a, 111, 126, 129 to 129b, 130, 131, 140, 166, 184b, 185 to 187, 201a, 241 or 269 of the Criminal Code and are not justified. ..


Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO)

revised by B. v. 04/07/1987 Federal Law Gazette I pp. 1074, 1319; last amended by Article 15 G. v. 05/04/2021 Federal Law Gazette I p. 882

§ 395 StPO authorization to join as a joint plaintiff (from 01.01.2021)

... (3) Anyone who has committed another illegal act, in particular according to Sections 185 to 189, 229, 244 paragraph 1 number 3, paragraph 4, Sections 249 to 255 and 316a of ...

 

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Quotations in amendment regulations

2. Victims Rights Reform Act

G. v. July 29, 2009 Federal Law Gazette I p. 2280

Article 1 2. ORRG Amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure

... (3) Anyone who has committed another illegal act, in particular according to Sections 185 to 189, 229, 244 paragraph 1 number 3, Sections 249 to 255 and 316a of the Criminal Code, ...


Law to Combat Right-Wing Extremism and Hate Crime

G. v. March 30, 2021 Federal Law Gazette I p. 441; last amended by Article 15 G. v. March 30, 2021 Federal Law Gazette I p. 448

Article 1 ReHaKrBG amendment of the Criminal Code (from April 2nd, 2021)

... (§ 186) punished with imprisonment of three months to five years and a defamation (§ 187) with imprisonment of six months to five years. "9. ...


Sixtieth law amending the Criminal Code - modernization of the term “written” and other terms as well as expansion of criminal liability under Sections 86, 86a, 111 and 130 of the Criminal Code for acts abroad

G. v. November 30, 2020 Federal Law Gazette I p. 2600

Link to this site: https://www.buzer.de/187_StGB.htm Keywords: criminal law

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