"GEORGIA CODE § 51-5-1 STATES:
(a) Libel is a false and malicious defamation of another, expressed in print, writing, pictures, or signs, tending to injure the reputation of the person and exposing him to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule.
(b) Publication is necessary to recover damages for libel in Georgia.
Under Georgia defamation law, statements about the public, in general, are not actionable. Moreover, it is the responsibility of slander and libel plaintiffs to prove that the statements under review are about them.
Under Georgia law, a “private person” can sue another person without having to prove actual malice. Private persons only need to demonstrate that the defendant was negligent when communicating the defamatory statement to a third party.
DEFAMATION DAMAGES IN GEORGIA
Special damages for defamation are available under Georgia law. Specifically, Georgia Code § 51-5-4 states:
- Slander or Oral defamation consists in:
- Imputing to another a crime punishable by law;
- Charging a person with having some contagious disorder or with being guilty of some debasing act which may exclude him from society;
- Making charges against another in reference to his trade, office, or profession, which is calculated to injure him therein;
- Uttering disparaging words productive of special damages which flows naturally therefrom.
- in the situation described in the preceding paragraph, special damage is essential to support an action, while damages are inferred for the rest of the above." http://kellywarnerlaw.com/georgia-defamation-laws/