Hi-Lights I Chapter 2 – libel law
Libel law <ul><li>Journalists need to be prepared to take on libel charges </li></ul><ul><li>Students are NOT exempt from ...
Libel law <ul><li>Laws are complicated and change from state to state </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely a crime – usually a civil a...
Defenses against libel <ul><li>Truth! </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid  invasion of privacy  – pg. 42 – face libel charges if infor...
Defenses against libel <ul><li>Be careful of quotes; even if you quote and attribute accurately, you can be sued for libel...
Fair Comment <ul><li>In a review, if your facts are correct, your opinion is protected. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Romeo and Juli...
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Libel law chapter 2

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

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