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Discuss a Legal/Ethical Issue
Journalism & Communication
Pages 3 (753 words)
[Name of Student] [Name of Professor] [Course] [Date] Introduction Journalists and Newspapers, in today’s era, have been granted a special position in society so that they could recount stories, opinions and experiences of the entire world without having to care about being held accountable for their published pieces.
A court case, Hustler Magazine V. Falwell will also be discussed to clarify the concept of libel and its application in real life. Libel and its implication on Journalism Libel can loosely be defined as defamation of a person done through a public forum so that the image of the person is tarnished in the minds of the public. The US court defines the tort in the following words ‘words that tend to expose one to public hatred, shame, obloquy, contumely, odium, contempt, ridicule, aversion, ostracism, degradation or disgrace, or to induce an evil opinion of one in the minds of the right thinking persons, and to deprive one of their confidence and friendly intercourse in society’ (Sanford, 4-4). Since the print media has the power to reach the public and their minds through words, they have increased chances of being implicated for Libel. There is however a thin line between Libel and freedom of the press. It is the duty and right of the press to report all kinds of cases and often this involves a negative image of the concerned person. However, the concerned person has the right to file for libel if he believes that his image is being wrongly tarnished and he deserves a better treatment at the hands of both the media and the public. Hustler Magazine V. ...
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