The Dutch word ‘laster’ means: making accusations against someone publicly, in order to damage someones reputation, knowing the accusations are not true.

In the UK defamation is split into two legal bases that a person can sue for: slander and libel. Slander is defamation of a person through a transient form of communication, generally speech. Libel is defamation of a person through a permanent form of communication, mostly the written word. The Dutch law does not make this distinction.