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1 Libel By Michael Flax

2 Definition A ________________ or ______________________ or __________________ that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression. A type of defamation

3 Definition (cont) a statement or representation ___________ and _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ defamation of a person by _______________or ___________________ means

4 the publication of ______________, ______________, ______________, or ______________ writings or pictures the act, tort, or crime of publishing such a libel Libel

5 According to SPLC Any printed communication – _______________________ _________________ – which tends to expose one to _____________, ______, ___________ or _________ or _______________________ _______________________ in the community or _______________________.

6 Court Libel can cause permanent harm. –_______________________ _______________________ _______________________ ______________________.

7 To Avoid Libel _____________________ –Always try to find more than one source before publishing material that could be viewed as damaging.

8 Check Facts (cont) Responsible journalists seek ____ or more sources that are ___________________ of one another, credible and in a position to know and tell the truth.

9 To avoid Libel (cont) Remember that _____________ dictates that reporters contact the individual about whom they are writing.

10 Fairness (cont) By contacting the ______________________ _____________________, reporters obtain both sides of a controversial issue and often avoid printing incomplete or incorrect information.

11 Avoid Libel (cont) ________________ ________________ ________________.

12 Good Judgment Generally, editors rather than reporters worry about these kinds of questions, but an ethical reporter should consider the possible implications of printing or televising a particular story.

13 Public Persons Do the same rights apply to Public Officials and Public Figures as an Average Person?

14 _______________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ (desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another) in order to win libel actions.

15 Officials Government and policy- making roles. Those who have or appear to have substantial responsibility for or control over the conduct of governmental affairs.

16 Public Figures _____________________ _____________________ ____________________.

17 Where is the line? The public-official rule protects the public interest in a free flow of information to the people concerning public officials and their servants.

18 Where is the line? (cont) _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ ____________________.

19 Where is the line? (cont) Officials and Public Figures usually enjoy ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ and hence have a more realistic opportunity to ______________________ than private individuals normally enjoy.

20 Where is the line? (cont) Private individuals are therefore _____________________ _____________________ ____________________, and the state in _____________________ ____________________.

21 Work Cited webster.com/dictionary/libel[1]http://www.merriam- webster.com/dictionary/libel[1 James Schaffer, Randall McCutheon, Kathryn Stofer. Journalism Matters. Thinking Like a Journalist. Lincolnwood, Ill Pgs


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