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Communication Law and Ethics Essay Law Question Week 4 Who can be sued in a defamation case Outline possible defences citing case studies The penguin Modern English dictionary defines defamation as a false report made maliciously to injure Other definitions of defamation include slander and calumny The basic idea of defamation is simple It is an attempt to balance the private right to protect ones reputation with the public right to freedom of speech Defamation allows people to sue those who say or publish false and malicious comments There are two types of defamation the first being oral defamation and the second being published defamation Oral defamation also known as slander involves the comments made verbally that could cause damage to a persons reputation for example comments or stories told at a meeting or at a party Published defamation involves written material being distributed which adversely affects someones reputation This form of defamation is also called libel Anything that injures a persons reputation can be defamatory If a comment brings a person into contempt disrepute or ridicule it is likely to be defamatory The law of defamation involves the statements or claims by one person that adversely effects the reputation of someone else Armstrong Lindsay and Watterson 1995 Media Law in Australia 3rd edition Melbourne Oxford University Press Defamation law carries heavy implications for what is published an example of this would be that of Sir Robert Askin who was premier of the state of New South Wales for a decade beginning in 1965 It was widely rumoured that he was involved with corrupt police and organised crime collecting vast amounts of money through bribes But this was never dealt with because media outlets knew he would sue for defamation Immediately after Askin died in 1981 the National Times ran a front-page story entitled Askin fiend to organised crime There are a few
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