Defamation Liability FAQs Are news reporters and their statements protected against libel lawsuits? Can reviews be considered libel or slander? Don't I have a right to express my opinion without fear of being sued for libel or slander? I'm writing a book about the very small town I grew up in and changing the names of the people involved. Can I be sued for libel? What happens if someone slanders or libels someone who is dead?