Journalism & Communication
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Name Institution Course Instructor Date Defences Used by Journalists in Working out Defamation According to the laws of many lands, journalists should withhold their opinion and hold back from giving commentaries about their stories. Although some it may be difficult for an individual to withhold making personal opinions about a story known, it is critical for journalists to understand the law governing the land in which they work.


Journalists handle critical stories each day and have to remain on guard each time. Staying on guard will prevent them from getting overwhelmed by the stories and going overboard to publicize public opinion concerning the stories. Therefore, a journalist will need adequate research from reliable sources before publishing any story. However, it is proving much more difficult for journalists to reserve their opinion especially in the current world whereby there are so many media forums1. In the recent past, many journalists have found themselves in much trouble. For example, the yahoo organization fired one of its chief journalists after making a joke about the Romney campaigns. According to many people, Yahoo took the joke with too much weight yet the journalists uttered the statement without malice. In other numerous cases, journalists find themselves sued for causing damages on the reputation of others2. The law classifies such cases as defamation3. However, the law provides defences that journalists can use in such cases4. The first defense that a journalist can use is justification. ...
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