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21-772.


21-772.
   
   A privileged publication is one made:
   
   First. In any legislative or judicial proceeding or any other
   proceeding authorized by law;
   
   Second. In the proper discharge of an official duty.
   
   Third. By a fair and true report of any legislative or judicial or
   other proceeding authorized by law, or anything said in the course
   thereof, and any and all expressions of opinion in regard thereto, and
   criticisms thereon, and any and all criticisms upon the official acts
   of any and all public officers, except where the matter stated of and
   concerning the official act done, or of the officer, falsely imputes
   crime to the officer so criticized.
   
   In all cases of publication of matter not privileged under this
   section, malice shall be presumed from the publication; unless the
   fact and the testimony rebut the same. No publication which, under
   this section, would be privileged, shall be punishable as libel.
   

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