Law Lecture

Posted on August 30, 2011

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1. A defamation claim must have the following elements. It must be a false statement of fact, that is published to someone about a specific person or entity and it has to cause harm; harm as defined by societal standards.

2. Journalists should not pretend to be someone else even by using a password given to them. This is illegal and the journalist to hacking laws or other charges.

3. Depending on the information requested it is not unreasonable to give sources time to respond. If you are asking about an asset that a person owns for example, the source does need time to respond. If the information requested is for historical data or complex figures, the source may need to some time to get the details. Journalists can reduce the time between answers by narrowing their focus so that it is easier for the source to get information.

4. Journalists can read quotes back to the source but it is best to do it at the end of the interview.

 

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