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Libel law chapter 2

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  • 1. Hi-Lights I Chapter 2 – libel law
  • 2. Libel law
    • Journalists need to be prepared to take on libel charges
    • Students are NOT exempt from libel law!
  • 3. Libel law
    • Laws are complicated and change from state to state
    • Rarely a crime – usually a civil action – citizen vs. citizen
    • Penalty = $
  • 4. Defenses against libel
    • Truth!
    • Avoid invasion of privacy – pg. 42 – face libel charges if information no longer relevant . . . Burglary charge example
  • 5. Defenses against libel
    • Be careful of quotes; even if you quote and attribute accurately, you can be sued for libel because you spread the libel.
    • PRIVILEGED STATEMENT – official reporting from the floor of congress, state legislature, or courtroom is immune to libel charges . . .
  • 6. Fair Comment
    • In a review, if your facts are correct, your opinion is protected.
    • “ Romeo and Juliet is horrible” – okay
    • “ Romeo and Juliet is horrible play because Romeo survives” = not okay.